Alabama father, son make history as aviation team

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 10:39 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Ron Mays, a professional pilot with more than 20 years of experience, has joined forces with his son, Myles Mays, to fly the friendly skies as a team.

"When he was two or three I would put him in the car seat with me and take him flying with me. Just to see it come to it, now come to fruition, he is probably one of the best first officers I've flown with. It is surreal and just amazing," said Ron Mays.

To their knowledge, Ron and Myles believe they are the first African-American father and son aviation team. If they are not the first, they are among a very small group.

A check of publications finds this article about a father and son who are pilots for FedEx. There is also a father and son who fly for LIAT, but that is in the Caribbean.

Ron is the CEO of City Jet, Inc. His company has been featured in Black Enterprise and numerous media outlets and their client list includes a number of dignitaries, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former President Bill Clinton.

"Here locally Greg Calhoun has been a blessing to us. From introducing us to former President Bill Clinton, Evander Holyfield, and Steve Harvey just to name a few. We do a lot of work for NBA and NFL Players the list goes on and on. It is a lot of fun and I can't believe we get to do this," said Ron Mays.

The pair began flying corporate jets together in 2014 after Myles earned his private licenses.

"Flying has always been a part of my life," Myles said. "I can remember flying with my parents as early as 3 years old. It is not even a job to me anymore I just love doing it. Its great."

The pair was recently featured on the Instagram page of recording artist and actor Ludacris. He chartered a flight back in August with the pilots.

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"Our phones rang with friends and family who were excited to see us on an international platform being celebrated as an African-American father and son flight crew," Ron explained.

(Father and son aviation team Ron and Myles Mays with rapper Ludacris.)

(Ron Mays with former President Bill Clinton.)

(Ron Mays with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.)

"Seeing Myles achieve this success with me is an answered prayer. As parents, my wife and I have worked hard to instill the values of hard work and integrity in our children," Ron said. "His dedication to becoming a professional in his own right has truly made me proud. This is only the beginning."

Who could be their next A-list passenger? The sky's the limit.

Both Ron and Myles got most of their flight training at Tuskegee's Historic Moton Field home of the Tuskegee Airman.

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