FIND AN INSTRUCTOR
Ready to learn to fly? FLYT Aviation, Atlanta’s fastest growing aviation company, can connect you with their team of FAA certified flight instructors so you can take your passion for flying to the next level. FLYT’s instructors all have the flying experience and hours of teaching aspiring pilots of all ages and abilities. Training with FLYT’s instructors will take your flying to new heights.
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MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
James R. Pigg, Jr. "J.R.", Chief Instructor (ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI)
J.R. is excited to begin his 3rd Career 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.
Shawn McGrath, Sr. Flight Instructor (ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI)
Shawn is a passionate aviation professional and GA enthusiast with over 25 years of experience. His love of flying started very early with chasing shadows of landing airplanes across the yard as a boy. Civilian trained as a private pilot, Shawn later attended USAF pilot training and served for 20 years as a KC-10 tanker pilot & T-37/T-6 primary flight instructor. He concurrently taught in the C-172 during his last 2 years of active duty service at a Cessna Pilot Training Center near San Antonio, TX. Shawn currently works at a major airline based here in ATL where he has flown as First Officer (FO) & Captain on the MD-88 “Maddog” & now flies as a Boeing 757/767 FO. He is a CFI, CFII & MEI with over 9,000 hours that truly enjoys teaching in his down time. He can often be found around FFC flying aerobatics or performing in formation demonstrations with the Falcon RV Squadron in his RV-7A.
Doug Hallberg, Chief Instructor (ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI)
Doug 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 young aviators achieve their goals. Additionally, Doug enjoys flying with the Falcon RV Squadron in formations around the area and doing aerobatics in his RV7A.
Matthew Perry, Flight Operations Manager (CFI, CFII, MEI)
Matthew 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.
Nick Hogsed (CFI, CFII)
Nick is a graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a minor in Aviation. He was a Student-Athlete on Ohio State’s Swim Team throughout his college career, competing at many national level competitions such as Division I NCAA Championships, US Open, and the 2016 US Olympic Team Trials. Outside of swim practices and classes, you could find Nick at the airport working on his certifications. Since graduating from OSU, he has obtained his Commercial Single and Multi-Engine Licenses, and Certified Flight Instructor License through FLYT Aviation. He now instructs full-time at FLYT Aviation and takes pride in guiding students towards success in their aviation careers.
Heinz Gardner (CFI, CFII)
Heinz is a Newnan native who began his flying career at the age of fifteen. At the age of seventeen, he earned his private pilot license. A few years later, Heinz graduated with his Bachelors in aviation science and management with a concentration in advanced flight. Heinz can be found around FLYT giving lessons during the week to students of all ages.
Alex Jordan (CFI, CFII, MEI)
A native Texan, Alex Jordan began his flying career at the age of six. His father, an Air Force and Delta pilot ignited a fire in Alex that would last a lifetime. After moving to Georgia, Alex got accepted into the Citadel where he graduated with a degree in pyschology and various other interests. "AJ" currently works for Delta Airlines and functions as one of the most popular instructor pilots at FLYT Aviation. He is also working on his Masters in military strategy.
Erik Klimaszewski (CFI, CFII, MEI)
Erik Klimaszeski is another one of FLYT Aviations most popular flight instructors. Erik became interested in flying when he was eighteen years old. A graduate of Auburn university, it took Erik a little while to figure out that he wanted to be a pilot full time. Ultimately, he graduated with a degree in aviation management while earning all of his ratings. Although Erik aspires to become a commercial pilot someday, he thoroughly enjoys helpings students discover their dreams of flying.
Olivia Phillips (CFI)
Olivia Phillips is a favorite FLYT instructor. Graduating from UGA with a degree in business, Olivia not only instructs student pilots but also operates and manages the front desk. She is currently one of the youngest certified flight instructors on staff. She aspires to become an airline pilot.
Grant Williams (CFI, CFII, MEI)
At twenty years old, Grant is FLYT Aviation's youngest pilot. Grant began his flying career at the age of fourteen. He took his first solo flight at sixteen and quickly earned his ratings. Grant worked a few other jobs before deciding that he wanted to fly full time. Grant also aspires to become a commercial airline pilot.
Jacob Tyson (CFI, CFII, MEI)
Certified Flight Instructor Jacob Tyson began flying when he was fifteen years old. Jacob loves flying and in his spare time restores old cars as a hobby.
Austin Romo (CFI)
Marc Robbins (CFI)
Corey Young (CFI)
Orginally an engineering major, Corey first discovered his interest in flying highschool. He graduated highschool and decided to pursue aviation as a career. After acceptance into Western Michigan University, Corey moved to Georgia. He enrolled in FLYT Aviation's Certified Flight Instructor class. Soon after Corey graduated, a FLYT Aviation Alumi and began instructing here at FLYT.
Spencer Geerlings (CFI)
Johnathan Muse, Flight Instructor (ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI)
Johnathan's (AKA "J") passion for aviation started at a young age, his father and grandfather used to fly with Dodgie Stockmar from Stockmar (20ga) airport in Villa Rica during the early 90's. J served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2016 and is an OEF veteran. J began his private pilot in a j3 cub flying out of gum creek airport (8ga1) and has flown multiple makes/models/types of aircraft while working his way up through his ratings. J is currently a corporate pilot flying for local West Georgia/east alabama companies in aircraft such as Beechcraft King air 200's/350's, Barons,etc. He is currently pursuing his rotorcraft (helicopter) ratings as his next professional advancement.
Jonathan Singh, Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI)
Jonathan Singh grew up around aviation, as his father was a flight engineer for the USAF. Instead of going to law school, Jonathan finished his bachelor's degree at Georgia State University. After completing his training at ATP, he started Singh Aviation to provide quality training and to promote local partnerships within the aviation community. As a second generation aviator, he has 1,800 hours and looks forward to joining the airlines in the near future.