Founder & President Charlie Thomson 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, 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 G650 and G550. 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.