Charles Copeland

COO, Founder

After winning an airplane ride by selling popcorn as a Boy Scout, Charles was hooked on aviation. As fate would have it, that plane ride took place at the Manhattan Regional Airport, the current headquarters of Flex Air. Charles began his pilot training while still in high school with a relentless drive to become a professional pilot. But fate can be fickle, especially in the cyclical airline industry. When Charlie graduated in 2007, the airlines were in turmoil, so he pivoted into accounting, operations management, and entrepreneurship. With the economic recovery underway in 2013, Charles seized the opportunity to resume his professional flight training and soar into the aviation industry. Charles’ experience as a flight school made him passionate about improving the industry. His vision for affordable instruction and a holistic approach to training students led in the 2015 launch of Flex Air.
Over the years Charles has achieved type ratings in multiple aircraft including the Citation Latitude and X+. He now flies the Boeing737 for a major cargo carrier while also managing the operations of Flex Air. Charles is actively involved in the National Gay Pilots Association, AOPA, NBAA Safety Committee and the Civil Air Patrol.

Charles Copeland

COO, Founder

After winning an airplane ride by selling popcorn as a Boy Scout, Charles was hooked on aviation. As irony would have it, that plane ride took place at the Manhattan Regional Airport, the current headquarters of Flex Air. Charles began his pilot training in 2006 while still in high school with the goal set to become a professional pilot. Upon graduation in 2007, the airline industry was still in turmoil, therefore he pivoted into a career as an operations manager and accountant. In 2013, Charles decided to continue his professional flight training and soar into the aviation industry. Through his flight training experiences, he developed a vision of creating affordable instruction with a holistic approach to training students. In 2015, Charles launched Flex Air. Over the years he has been type-rated in multiple aircrafts including the Citation Latitude and X+. He now flies the Boeing737 for a major cargo carrier while also managing the operations of Flex. Charles is actively involved in the National Gay Pilots Association, AOPA, NBAA Safety Committee and the Civil Air Patrol.

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