Captain Kelvin King is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Aviation. Inc. and Alpha Drones USA, Inc. He believes there are no limits to his ability: “We can do all things in life so long as we put the work in, have a relentless work ethic, and a commitment to our goals.”
This motto – his flight plan for life – served him well. For nearly 12 years, Kelvin has been an airline pilot. Currently, he is a Captain at United Airlines who flies the Airbus A320. In 2019, Kelvin had an idea as big as the skies he flies. That idea led to the launch of Alpha Aviation, Inc, which is located at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMA) in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. In addition to leading Alpha Aviation, Inc., Kelvin is a Founder and CEO of Alpha Drones USA, Inc., which is also located at MMA.
Combined both companies offer an array of services including commercial agricultural spraying drones, drone pilot training, flight lessons, airline pilot training, and airplane tours. Successful completion of Alpha’s educational programs will lead to earning a range of certificates, including a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Certification for drone pilots and aircraft pilot certifications.
In four years, more than 600 flight students have earned pilot certificates and ratings. Alpha is an internationally recognized leader in aviation and commercial drone services for corporations, organizations, and consumers.
This is beyond the aviation success Kelvin dreamed about at age 5 while growing up in Jamaica, New York, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens, New York. The son of Guyanese and Panamanian migrants, Kelvin’s desire to become a pilot flourished when he was a 14 year-old freshman at Aviation High School in Queens. The youngest of three siblings found his niche, earning the rank of Cadet Major in the Airforce Junior ROTC 932 Wing.
Kelvin believes, “See it, want it, and stop at nothing to get it.” That is what he did. After graduating from Aviation High School, Kelvin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Marketing from Dowling College in New York. His focused determination was the foundation for his successful completion
and graduation from the ATP Flight School, the world’s largest training company of United States airline pilots. While there, Kelvin’s skillset and work ethic were noticed. He was hired in 2008 as a Certified Flight Instructor and later promoted to Training Center Manager, a post that taught him how to operate and run the business.
Kelvin became the company’s first ALPHA – LEADERSHIP BIOS (King, Clark, Flor) Black leader to serve as a Chief Pilot where he led fundraising campaigns and developed enrollment strategies. In that essential position, Kelvin increased ATP’s revenues by $2.5 million while spearheading the company’s regional expansion into the Northeast, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Kelvin’s journey is anchored by his family and Christian faith. Kelvin and his wife, Mandy, attended Dowling College together. They are loving parents to two children. Kelvin is also Founder and President of The Sandra Blake Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides scholarships. This year, the foundation’s fundraising goal is $200,000. With Kelvin at the helm, anything is possible.