FLYT Aviation was started in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic while founder, Alex Hamlin who was living in San Diego at the time, decided to spend the first critical months of the pandemic with his family in Peachtree City, GA. It was during this time that Alex decided he was going to resume his flight training after a nearly 15-year hiatus. Alex and his father, a pilot, immediately began searching for a flight instructor and aircraft to use. It was then that they discovered an abundance of flight instructors and other student pilots but very few airplanes available for use. The available aircraft were extremely expensive. Some were very nice and others were not so nice. Only a few affordable aircraft were found in the area and while they got the job done they were older with tons of student pilots crammed into the schedule.
Alex Hamlin, President of FLYT Aviation, is the founder of FLYT Aviation. Alex founded FLYT Aviation after discovering a huge gap in the availability of aircraft while he was trying to learn to fly. In addition to FLYT Aviation, Alex works for an innovative Public Safety Emergency Technology software company. Alex has a combination of experience from law enforcement and technology business development. Alex currently lives in San Diego, CA. He is originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey but moved from coast to coast across the U.S. as a child, eventually ending up in Peachtree City, Georgia before living in several different countries. Alex began his career in Law Enforcement at the age of 18 in Metro Atlanta. Alex served in numerous capacities during his tenure as a law enforcement officer including Sr. Police Officer, Detective, and Crime Scene Investigator. During Alex's time in investigations he worked cases ranging from property crimes to homicides.
Alex is very excited to bring affordable aircraft to the market for new pilots to learn to fly in!
Doug Hallberg, Chief Pilot, is currently employed by a major airline in Atlanta GA as a Captain on the Boeing 757/767. Doug graduated from N.A.I.A in 1988 and has worked out of Atlanta for over 26 years. He is a CFI, CFII, and MEI. Captain Hallberg has flown and taught in many aircraft ranging from small Cessna 150s to C310, Pipers, Champs, Citabrias, etc. Doug worked as U.S.A.F contract CFI at Kirtland AFB, and also flew as a charter pilot flying C414s. In 1990, he started flying C402s in the Grand Canyon. As Doug's career progressed he moved on to flying for American Eagle and 3 years later on to ValuJet/Airtran where he was a First Officer and Captain on the DC9. In 1997, Doug moved on to Atlanta's Hometown Airline and has flown the L1011TriStar, MD88, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 757/767. Prior to his current position as a Boeing 757/767 Captain, Doug flew the MD88 as a Captain for 12 years. Doug has returned to flying general aviation these last 6 years during his off time and is thoroughly enjoying helping new young aviators achieve their goals as well as spending time flying with the Falcon RV Squadron in formations around the area and doing aerobatics in his RV7A.
Harlan Hamlin, Director of Business Operations, brings more than 25 years of success, driving profitability and productivity in the telecommunications, satellite, wireless and technology industries. Previously he worked for SkySwitch as Vice President of Business Development and was the President and Founder of Syncpoint Technology Group. With an extensive career in aviation, wireless and satellite communications, Hamlin has worked for AT&T, in their Wireless Data Division, serving as the National Public Safety Manager, before joining Verizon Wireless. There he served as the Associate Director of Telematics. He went on to lead Satellink Technologies as Vice President and General Manager, where he focused on aviation-related communications developing, testing, and marketing global satellite direct broadcast information service, offering real-time weather and safety, and operational data to in-flight aircraft as well as mobile users.
A licensed multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot, Harlan has more than 6,000 hours in the sky. A father of two grown children, Hamlin resides in Peachtree City, GA with his wife Janine of 28 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity College and University in Dover, DE.
James R. Pigg, Jr. "J.R.", Assistant Chief Pilot, is excited to begin his 3rd Career in life by joining the FLYT Aviation Team, having recently retired from Delta Air Lines as a Boeing 767ER Captain with 20+ years of service. J.R. began his flying career in 1979 as a 2nd Lieutenant attending Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA. After graduation he became a Weapon Systems Officer flying the F-4E Phantom. In 1984 he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, OK. A Distinguished Graduate and recipient of the Outstanding Flying Award and Class Leadership Award, he was assigned the F-16. He was Distinguished Graduate and Top Gun of his F-16 Class at MacDill AFB, FL. In 1989 he was selected to attend the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis AFB, NV. J.R. retired from Active Duty in 2000. He was one of a handful of F-16 pilots that was fortunate enough to fly every F-16 variant having spent 5 years as an Operational Test Pilot. During his 20+ year Air Force Career, J.R. flew 35 combat missions over the former Yugoslavia and Iraq. He has accumulated nearly 3000 hours in the F-16, 580 hours in the F-4E, and 12,400 hours at Delta Air Lines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (1979) and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University (1994). He and his wife, Cathy, have three sons, C.J., Matthew and Michael.
Matthew Perry, Flight Operations Manager, has been working in the aviation industry since he was 18 years old. Starting on as a baggage handler for Delta Air Lines in 2011, he realized that aviation was his passion in life. After working numerous aviation jobs ranging from the front desk at his local airport all the way to training support for Air Traffic Controllers at the world’s busiest airport. He began flying in 2016 and immediately knew that he wanted to continue his aviation career in the front seat, as a pilot. After completing the ATP Career Airline Pilot Program, he began instructing full time. He is a commercial pilot and a certified flight instructor for single and multi engine airplanes, also holding an instrument instructor certificate.
Cayla McLeod, Digital Content Manager, took an EAA Young Eagles flight at the age of 16 and has been hooked on general aviation ever since! After earning her private pilot’s certificate at the age of 18, she went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Marketing from the University of West Georgia. After graduating college in December of 2019, at the age of 20, she went on to start her own digital marketing consulting company after turning down several marketing opportunities with major aircraft manufacturers, as her passion lies within grassroots flying and helping small businesses grow one step at a time!
Trisha Roberson, Chief Administrative Officer, began her interest in flight operations at the young age of 5 while she grew up with family who lived by the Kennedy Space Station in Brevard County, Florida. There, she learned a lot about aviation from her grandfather — who was a Green Beret Paratrooper in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Trisha began working as an office manager in 2011 and continued her work in executive administration over the next 7 years. She also has experience in the medical field as a nursing aid and also holds an Emergency Response Team certification. Trisha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, yoga, watching Sci-Fi films and learning new things.