Meet Our New CFI: Chris Crampton


Recently, we announced some new additions to our Rogue Aviation team! Welcome our newest Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Christopher S. Crampton.

This Southern California native had big dreams of flying at John Wayne Airport so that he could remain close to family and friends. Now he’s flying along the beautiful California coastline every week. We are very excited to have Chris as one of our newest flight instructors in the #flyrogue family!


How long have you been a pilot for, Chris?

I have been a pilot for 9 years.

What inspired you to become a pilot?

We always used helicopters for off-road racing events and I really wanted to be the guy up there flying instead of just on the ground.

Is your job fun?

Absolutely! My favorite is going to fly for fun because I can.

How often do you fly?

I typically fly on the weekends.

How long did it take you to become a pilot?

It took three months as a full-time pilot student to become a private pilot. Then a year and a half more as a part-time student to become a commercial and instrument pilot. Four years after that, I decided to move forward to become a flight instructor.

What ship did you practice in?

I practiced in an R22, R44, and R66.

What are you certified with?

As of now, I am certified with a commercial helicopter pilot's license and as an instrument rated flight instructor. 

What’s the best part of being a pilot?

The absolute best part of being a pilot is seeing your student fly solo for the first time.

What’s the worst?

The worst part about being a pilot is having to cancel a flight due to bad weather or an aircraft in maintenance.

Any other interesting facts about you we should know?

I am a former race team manager and have worked for many factory off-road teams. I’ve also traveled extensively throughout the US racing as well as Europe and Africa for one of the worlds longest races.


You can follow along with Chris Crampton’s Aviation journey on Instagram here, and keep up-to-date with our team at @rogueaviation.