Local Vibe: Mike Chicco

We love Ventura County Coast, but we’re not the only ones! Find out what makes this area so special from people who live in the “Local Vibe” spotlight. They’ll share their favorite places to eat, shop, and play as well as tips on what to bring when you visit.

Meet: Mike Chicco

 

Did you grow up here or end up here? I’m originally from South America. Peru, to be exact. My career in aviation began in 1982 in Peru and it led me to pursue a career in aviation in the United States.

Do you have a nickname? I’m also known as “Don Chicco.”

Do you own a business located in Ventura County Coast? Yes, Skyrider Ultralights.

Please tell us about your business. Ultralight aircraft flying started at Camarillo Airport back in the Spring of 1982, by an outstanding group of visionaries. It became known as the Ventura County Ultralight Aircraft Society (VCUAS).

The flight school has exchanged hands six times in its unique history, and it gradually progressed through the years before I took it over in 1995. Over the years, I’ve been a consultant in the entertainment industry and our ultralight has appeared in shows and networks like CSI Vegas, CSI Miami, MTV, and several independent movies. We’ve also have had the pleasure to work with and provided flight instruction to several high-profile celebrities. 

How can someone try out an Ultralight Aircraft? For those new to the sport, we offer discovery lessons and flight training at an affordable price. The introductory lessons can include 15-minute, 30 minute, or 1-hour rides in the local Camarillo and surrounding areas including the magnificent Ventura County Coast coastline. Imagine flying above waves and the breeze of the Pacific Ocean or taking a scenic ride above the rolling hills in Camarillo while the sun sets behind you – the thrill you experience from an ultralight flight is unlike any other.

Imagine flying above waves and the breeze of the Pacific Ocean or taking a scenic ride above the rolling hills in Camarillo while the sun sets behind you – the thrill you experience from an ultralight flight is unlike any other”. – Mike Chicco

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What is your favorite thing about Ventura County Coast? I have a couple of favorite things about the Ventura County Coast. The first would be the sunsets. I have taken many flights over the years and those sunsets never get old, a breathtaking sight every time. My second favorite thing is the weather. I love that it is sunny and mild for most part of the year. My third favorite thing about the Ventura County Coast would be the people that I have met over the years. They have been some of the nicest and welcoming people I have ever me

If someone is planning a visit to Ventura County Coast, what are five things you recommend they pack for the trip?

  1. Water
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Sneakers/jeans
  4. Binoculars
  5. Camera/ video equipment

What is your favorite restaurant in Ventura County Coast? Peking Inn Restaurant in Camarillo.

What’s the best thing on the menu? My top recommendations would be the shrimp with lobster sauce place, kung pao chicken, combo fried rice and lemon chicken, and broccoli beef.

What 5 things would you recommend someone do when visiting Ventura County Coast?

  1. Go visit Downtown Ventura
  2. Go shopping at the Camarillo Premium Outlets
  3. During the holidays go experience the Christmas boat parade
  4. Take a Sunset Ultralight Flight over the ocean
  5. Go to the beach

Please explain your perfect day in Ventura County Coast. Any day is a good day in Ventura County Coast but if I had to summarize my perfect day, I would start by enjoying a healthy spinach omelet from Eggs’nThings in Camarillo. I would follow that up with a trip to the beach in Oxnard or Ventura where I would go fishing or take a ride on my friends’ boat. Lunch would be served at Lure Fish House and the remainder of the afternoon would be spent shopping with loved ones at the Camarillo Outlets. Finally, I would enjoy my favorite dishes at Peking Inn Restaurant in Camarillo for dinner.

Business Information: Skyrider Ultralights

Physical Address: 865 Aviation Dr. Camarillo, CA 93010
Website: www.SkyriderUltralights.com
Phone Number: (818) 419-7381

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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