About Us

Meet the CI Jets’ Team!

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Mark Oberman

President & CEO

Mark Oberman is the President and Chief Executive Officer for CI Jets and started our parent company Channel Islands Aviation in 1976. Mark oversees daily business operations and is an active crew member aboard the company’s jets. With over fifteen thousand flight hours, and a degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mark brings decades of experience to the CJ Jets team.

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Mike Oberman

Director of Operations & COO

As CI Jets’ Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Mike Oberman has flown charter jets everywhere from Canada to Miami and from New York City to Guadalajara. Mike grew up in the company, watching his father, Mark Oberman, fly charter and his family around the country. After graduating from Chico State with a degree in Business Management, Mike started flying full time and was Chief Pilot for four years before his position. In addition to acting as captain on the Citation CJ3, Mike is company check airmen which qualifies him to test other pilots at CI Jets for FAA required flight checks.

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Richard Skorpen

Director of Maintenance

Richard Skorpen is Director of Maintenance for CI Jets. In 1994, Richard started working in the service department at Channel Islands Aviation, performing simple tasks with the other mechanics. He grew from there and now oversees all charter aircraft maintenance. A Ventura College graduate, Richard is also a pilot holding both a fixed-wing and helicopter Private Pilot’s License.

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Jonathan O’Connor

Director of Safety

As a pilot, Director of Safety and the Safety Management System (SMS) Administrator, Jonathan O’Connor wears many hats at CI Jets. Since joining the team in 2011, Jonathan’s enthusiasm and passion for flying is visible in every aspect of his work. Jonathan’s family fostered this passion for aviation since Jonathan was a child as his grandmother was a pilot in the 1940s and his grandfather flew in the Air Force. Starting his pilot training at 15, Jonathan has been in the industry for close to two decades.

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Sarah Oberman Bartush

Director of Business Development & CMO

Sarah Oberman Bartush grew up in aviation being part of the Oberman family. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Business Management. After college, Sarah joined the family business by managing the flight school and selling new single-engine Cessna aircraft. In 2015, she was named to the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2015 class of Top 40 Under 40 up-and-coming businessmen and women under 40 years of age. As Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Business Development, she oversees marketing for CI Jets. Sarah resides in Camarillo with her husband Chris and son Bradley.