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Charles Thomson

Charlie moved to Los Angeles from Scotland in 2007. He started Santa Monica Flyers in 2009 after realizing that flight schools were either too expensive or they operated aircraft that are "unpleasantly old".

Douglas Thomson

Douglas Thomson, the older and much more handsome brother of owner Charles, is as experienced as they come. He became a flight instructor in 1997 and has been flying Gulfstream jets professionally since 2003. He is currently a captain on a Gulfstream G550 and will soon fly the G650. Douglas taught Charlie how to fly and together, helped start Santa Monica Flyers. When not flying around the world, Douglas instructs at Santa Monica Flyers.

Brandon Covey

Brandon is the Chief Flight Instructor here at Santa Monica Flyers. He is extremely dedicated to his students taking a great deal personal pride in each of their accomplishments.

AJ Larson

While he was growing up in South Florida AJ took a few lessons from his friend's dad Wayne Carr. After that he was hooked. He learned to fly with Santa Monica Flyers with the intention of becoming an instructor from day one. He is an incredibly dedicated and talented instructor. He has a great gift for instruction and specifically for explaining very complicated concepts in an accessible and easy to understand manner.

Chris Sparks

Chris also learnt to fly with Santa Monica Flyers starting at having never flown a plane. He is now an incredibly dedicated and talented instructor. His passion for aviation is infectious, he loves flying and his students love flying with him. A hugely talented pilot and instructor.

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Santa Monica Flyers

3165 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO)
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-800-8050