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, Harlan is an entrepreneur who has acquired more than 30 years of success by driving profitability and productivity in the telecommunications, wireless, technology, and aviation technology industries. Some of his accomplishments include executive roles at notable companies such as: SkySwitch, Satellink Technologies, Syncpoint Technology Group, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Amazingly, Harlan accomplished all of this while raising two children and pursuing his aviation hobby. Over the years he has earned his multi-engine license and quickly became an instrument-rated pilot. Presently, Harlan enjoys serving in an executive role at FLYT Aviation.
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.
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.
Andrew Anderson, General Manager, an experienced pilot and businessman serves as FLYT Aviation's General Manager.
Trevor Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing, rediscovered a childhood dream shortly before his fortieth birthday. Trevor graduated from Kennesaw State and embarked on an exciting career with the United States Marines. After his discharge from the marines, Trevor became a medical sales representative. Finding immense success and marrying the love of his life, Trevor decided to rekindle a childhood dream of learning to fly. Today, he is has his own plane and serves as the director of Sales and marketing at FLYT Aviation.
Olivia Lowman, Marketing Manager, began flying when she was thirteen years old. She began her professional career as a nurse, then pursued becoming a physician assistant. Olivia felt there was something else for her and decided to pursue medical marketing. A recent graduate of the University of Alabama, Olivia graduated with her masters in marketing in less than one year. During her time at Alabama, various professors introduced her to aviation oriented careers. Olivia loves aviation and is thrilled to serve as the marketing manager at FLYT Aviation. Olivia also enjoys riding horses and when not working can be found around the barn.
Scott Puzio, Director of Maintance, has been an aviation enthusiast since he was 18 years old. He earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 18. At the age of 20, he earned his FAA Airframe and Powerplant license and his FAA Inspection Authorization in 2003. Scott has almost 30 years of experience working on both general aviation aircraft as well as heavy jets. His experience ranges from maintenance on aircraft from small personal planes to corporate jets. Scott now holds his private and instrument pilot ratings and is working on his commercial pilot ratings.