KIRBY CHAMBLISS

“When I was 21 years old flying corporate for La Quinta Motor Inn, our chief pilot was a really smart guy and he said, ‘Hey, if this jet ever ends up upside down with a CEO on board, we want you to be able to turn it right side up without killing everyone.’ I thought, ‘Makes sense to me!’” From that point on, flying became more than Kirby had ever imagined. (more…)

Name:
Kirby Chambliss
Birthplace:
Corpus Christi, Texas
Current Home:
The Flying Crown Ranch, between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona
Interests:
Running, Skydiving, Motocross
Role:
Pilot & Team Owner

JASON RESOP

While Jason Resop’s love for flying started much earlier, it was in high school that he immersed himself in the world of aviation. Jason got a job fueling airplanes at a local airport in Chandler to pay for his hobby, and it was there that he was introduced to Red Bull Air Race pilot, Kirby Chambliss. (more…)

Name:
Jason Resop
Birthplace:
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Current Home:
Chandler, Arizona
Interests:
Four-wheeling, Motocross, Mountain biking
Role:
Crew Chief & Ferry Pilot

KAYLA LAYTON

Kayla Layton became passionate about aviation just after high school when her uncle took her for her first flight in his Experimental Cozy. From that point on, being on the ground wasn’t nearly as exciting as being in the air! She began taking flying lessons at 18, but had to put them on hold to finish paying for college. (more…)

Name:
Kayla Layton
Birthplace:
Phoenix, Arizona
Current Home:
Gilbert, Arizona
Interests:
Flying, Dancing, Hiking
Role:
Team Communications Coordinator

GRANT GROATHOUSE

Having a father and a grandfather who were both pilots, there was no question on what Grant Groathouse would strive to achieve as he grew up. He began fueling at Chandler Municipal airport in high school to fund his love for flight, and received his private pilot certificate at the age of 17. He continued his training and received multiple ratings, including instrument, commercial, and flight instructor. Working alongside close friend Jason Resop, Grant also met Kirby during this time. (more…)

Name:
Grant Groathouse
Birthplace:
Phoenix, Arizona
Current Home:
Chandler, Arizona
Interests:
Traveling, Recreational Flying, and Playing Hockey
Role:
Ferry Pilot and Assistant to the Team

JOHN HANLON

John Hanlon’s love for aviation goes “as far back as he can remember.” With the influence and shared enthusiasm for aviation from his two older brothers, now fellow pilots, he always knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. He began flying lessons at only 11 years old, completed his first solo flight by the age of 16, and earned his private pilot’s certificate at 18. (more…)

Name:
John Hanlon
Birthplace:
San Diego, California
Current Home:
Chandler, Arizona
Interests:
Flying, Scuba diving, Camping, Competitive shooting
Role:
Technician and Aircraft Inspector

JAY STEWART

Jay Stewart began flying before his feet could even reach the pedals. Some of his earliest memories come from flying with his father in their family Champ. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jay became a pilot himself and currently works for US Airways. (more…)

Name:
Jay Stewart
Birthplace:
Atlanta, Georgia
Current Home:
The Flying Crown Ranch, between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona
Interests:
Flying, Skydiving
Role:
Ferry Pilot and Assistant to the Team

MICHAEL REID

Michael Reid grew up flying model airplanes and hanging around the local grass airstrip, taking rides with anyone who had an empty seat! His passion for aviation led him to get his private pilot certificate and commercial glider rating, adding to his background in sailplane racing. (more…)

Name:
Michael Reid
Birthplace:
Binghamton, New York
Current Home:
San Francisco, California
Interests:
Paragliding and Speed Flying
Role:
Race Engineer

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