FAA Certified Flight Instructors

All of our instructors, or CFI's, maintain the appropriate certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. They work for Air Paso as independent contractors and set their own rates and schedules.


Sonjia Johnson CFI, CFII, MEI

Sonjia is a Paso Robles native and former corporate charter pilot. She specializes in instrument training but also has a wealth of experience with primary students. Sonjia is one of the most active instructors on the field and would love to help you achieve your aviation goals.

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Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, Tailwheel, Paso Robles, CA

Kendall Pearson CFI, CFII, Tailwheel

Kendall trained in the Bay Area, flying in the congested San Francisco airspace as a student and an instructor. He is available for primary and instrument training as well as tailwheel transitions. His primary goal is to produce safe pilots that always remember flying is fun!

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Richard Wallis CFI, CFII, MEI

Richard flys professionally for a major airline but keeps his finger on the pulse of general aviation here in Paso Robles. His vast experience can help you achieve your goals whether they are becoming a private pilot or pursuing an aviation career. 

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Chris Compos CFI, CFII

Chris is a Paso Robles native who trained in the Bay Area and the Central Valley. He specializes in primary students but enjoys the challenge of instrument training as well. For owners of multi-engine aircraft, Chris is available to provide pilot services.