Robert Illian

Robert Illian CFI, CFII


Robert Illian was born in Glendale, California and grew up and graduated in La Canada. He received his private pilot certificate while still in high school and has been flying ever since. Robert graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in AZ and earned his bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science in 2003 and became a Flight Instructor with Vista Air in 2003. Robert has over 5,000 hours under his belt and is qualified to train people to get their Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, CFI ratings and Garmin 1000 transition courses. Robert is a CFII/AGII with a Gold Seal. A Gold Seal CFI certificate is the seal of approval the FAA gives to exceptional instructors.


In Robert’s spare time he enjoys ice hockey and is part of an adult league with one of Vista’s long time Customers. Robert also enjoys trips to Mexico with his ATV and Sandrail, spending time with his family, deep sea fishing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. He is also a certified EMT for the State of California and Nationally with NREMT.



Saturday through Thursday – 7am to 8pm (Other times by appointment)

Cell: (818) 720-0539



Ari Hovnanyan

Ari Hovnanyan


Ari Hovnanyan grew up in Woodland Hills and attended Cal State Northridge where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he earned his private pilot certificate in 1994 at Van Nuys Airport. He also attended Cal State Los Angeles where he graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree Aviation Management which prepared him to work as an operations specialist at Burbank Airport. Ari has been flying for over 20 years in various capacities such as a traffic watch pilot, flight instructor and as an aerial photography pilot. He has a passion for flying and enjoys teaching students reach their goals of becoming private and commercial pilots. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, sailing and of course flying.



By appointment ONLY

Cell: (818) 378-0416



Steve Feria

Steve Feria


Steve Feria First started his aviation career working with Golden West Airlines as aircraft dispatcher and then worked for Pacific East airlines. Steve then soloed in 1975 in a Cessna C150. After earning his Private Pilot’s License he became a CFI with Cable flight school in 1993, Sun Quest Flight School in 2008 and began working with us here at Vista Air flight school in 2016.



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday – 7am to 8pm (Other times by appointment)

Cell: (818) 744-3176



Justin Benner

Justin Benner CFI

Justin Benner grew up in a beautiful mountainous town in Montana where he first learned to ski, kayak, start a fire, play guitar, write music, and of course… fly! He received his private pilot certificate during the cold winter of 2007, and after touring the country as a musician for a few years, relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue a career in the music industry. Meanwhile, Justin found the sunny SoCal skies and consistent weather to be ever so inviting to keep flying, thus earning his instrument, commercial, and CFI certificates out of Van Nuys and Santa Monica. He now combines his two biggest passions in life – music and aviation – and couldn’t be happier.



Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 7am to 8pm (Other times by appointment)

Cell: (406) 461-4208


Leo Damian

Leo Damian CFI

Leo Damian fell in love with flying in 1981 and became a flight instructor a few years later. He has over 3000 hours in the sky but he still gets excited every time the wheels lift off the ground. Leo loves to teach and is committed to making his student’s experience in the plane rewarding, and fun. He has a wonderful family, including a son and daughter in high school, and a lovely girlfriend.



Monday – Sunday by appointment

Cell: (310) 779-1228



Mark Coladonato

Mark Coladonato is a native of Austin, Texas. He grew up in a musical family and was lucky to travel and live abroad at a young age. He started his journey in aviation starting at the age of 13. After high school, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. After completing his Private training, he transferred to Oklahoma State University. There he completed his degree in Aerospace Administration and Operations and completed his Instrument and Commercial multi-engine. He started flight instructing out of Santa Monica municipal airport and is comfortable in both VFR and IFR operations in the LA area. He is experienced and proficient in complex, high performance, and technically advanced aircraft. He also has some time in gliders and in helicopters. With the rest of his time, Mark is a songwriter, producer and session musician. He also enjoys long walks on the beach and reading poetry.



Thursday – Monday by appointment

Cell: (512) 517-9850


Charles E. Warnick

Charles E. Warnick CFI

Charles E. Warnick, Commonly known as “Chuck”, is rated in ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII, AGI. Chuck started flying in 1964 and has been flying out of Van Nuys and Whiteman since 1968. He has been Flying out of Vista Air since 1993 and Instructing out of Vista Air since 1995, and has accumulated over 7000 hours of Dual Instruction. Chuck specializes in the advanced ratings “Instrument, Commercial and CFI”. He is proficient in many “Makes and Models”, including Cessna, Mooney, Beechcraft and Piper aircraft, also Conventional Gear (Tail dragger) and TAA (Glass Panel) aircraft. Chuck has also been instrumental in teaching many of the current instructors.



Monday – Saturday by appointment

Cell: (805) 404-4119