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Meet Our Team

Among the top reasons our students decide to go with us is our professional staff, who are involved in their educational process every step of the way. Get to know more about each of our team members below.

Wayne Steve Thompson Jr.

Steve is an Army veteran and a retired State Trooper. He is a full time professor at McNeese State University. He is a member of the Parapoke skydiving demonstration team and a skydiving instructor. He can fly a plane or jump out if it. He is a member of the sheriff’s office aviation unit. Steve has a passion for helping others discover the sky.

Alan Abduzhalilov

Future Flight Instructor and assistant manager.
He was born in Ukraine. He is a descendant of his grandmother, a North Korean who escaped dictatorship. He was living in Ukraine when the Russians invaded. He was attending the aviation university in Ukraine and helped his family including two young siblings escape to Romania. His dreams of being a pilot were crushed.

He was offered a full sponsorship by Rock Solid Aviation. He arrived in March of 2023. He has already obtained his private license, commercial license, and instrument rating. He is working on his instructor ratings.

Hunter Bernal

Hunter is an experienced pilot in a variety of aircraft. He is a certified flight instructor and does volunteer flying for charitable organizations. He is also the manager of the FBO at the Lake Charles Regional Airport.

Strack Brown 

Strack is a full time instructor. He is a certified flight instructor with instrument and a multi engine instructor.

Viktoriia Thompson

Viktoriia is our accounts manager and pilot in training.

Abby Rougeau 

Abby discovered her passion for aviation at 16 and got her private pilot license at 17. She is currently working on an accounting degree while studying to become a CFI.

Luke Schmidt

Luke is a CFI and also attending aviation maintenance school at SOWELA.

Joseph Alpeter

Graduated LSU with a Bachelor’s of Science in May 2021 and plans to obtain his master’s degree in Aviation Management. He attended ATP flight school where he obtained his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi Engine Instructor License. He is a 3rd generation pilot and is passionate about aviation, teaching others how to fly, and getting them to reach their goal. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his family and dogs and watching football.

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500 Airport Blvd, Lake Charles, LA

Flights/Lessons out of Lake Charles and DeRidder, LA