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A flight training company that offers part-time and accelerated instruction.

What we believe

Supporting goals, aspirations, and dreams of our students.

What we stand for

Integrity, teamwork, and audacious goals.

About Us: Overview

Flex Air Aviation was founded by Charlie Copeland on the belief that flight training is more than just how to fly an airplane. It’s about joining a community, becoming a respected professional, and not just a job. Since Flex Air’s humble beginnings of one plane and a family loan in 2016, our company has doubled in size every year following. In 2018, Charlie met Paul Wynns, and decided to team up to take Flex Air to the next level. Together, we added operations in San Diego, CA and Amarillo, TX with the main base location in Manhattan, KS. Through it all, as Flex Air leadership we have yet to lose focus on our belief that every student pilot is an individual. In aviation, every pilot’s work/life goals are unique so therefore the career paths may also vary. At Flex Air, we measure our success by the career opportunities that we create for every student.

We are an aviation company led by minorities and veterans focused on increasing minority representation in every corner of our industry. We seek out industry partners and hiring managers most closely aligned with our core beliefs of equity, inclusion, and diversity. We create career opportunities for all students no matter what their background.

At the core of all of our programs we recognize the value of time while maintaining the highest level of safety.

Our vision of aviation’s future is inclusive, diverse, and innovative. We are One Crew. We also recognize that although aviation plays an important role in our global economy, it can have a negative impact on our environment. Flex Air is committed to doing our part by launching one of the world’s first all-electric, zero-emissions training fleets, which our students will begin flying by 2023.


We train in a structured environment using electronic scheduling systems, crew resource management (CRM), and a safety management system (SMS).

Please join us with Piedmont Airlines at our San Diego location next Saturday 4/24 9am-1pm.
In an effort to increase social distancing please sign up for a time slot online in advance at the link in our bio. Masks will be required throughout the event.
Please bring a current resumé for review and coaching. For more information please visit the link in our bio. 🛫

Sometimes we get pictures from our alumni showing off. And we aren’t mad about it. ...

We’re hiring! Summer 2021 Flight Operations Interns. Part time. Based in San Diego, CA. College course credit may be available dependent on program.
Please DM for more information.

Most pilot’s strategy to getting a job is to spam emails to everyone. Our Co-Founder Charlie was no exception and the first company he decided to email was....NASA. (Hint on the outcome: he’s NOT an astronaut 😂)

What’s your strategy?

There’s a better way. Message us to jump on a 20 minute strategy call about your career. Don’t just learn to fly, learn how to make your career SOAR.

Happy International Women’s Day 👩🏽‍✈️👩🏻‍✈️👩🏼‍✈️👩🏾‍✈️👩🏿‍✈️ #ChooseToChallenge ...

Meet the team! Alicia Zhou, San Diego.
A Gold seal CFI, CFII and MEI since 2016 who also works as an FAA safety inspector in Riverside, CA. She is with United Express on the CRJ but always wants to make her contribution back to aviation society by training the pilots of tomorrow.

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