Founder and President
As Founder and President of Jet Methods, Grayson brings 29 years of business and aviation experience to the management team. His experience includes starting and managing multiple small businesses both within and outside the aviation industry. As an experienced pilot, Grayson has accumulated 12,000 flight hours in private and commercial aircraft operating throughout the US and abroad. Grayson is an active supporter of charitable and other local non-profit organizations that focus on bettering the community, and serves as a Board member of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Grayson holds a B.B.A from National University.
Director of Flight Operations
Bret Townley serves as Director of Flight Operations and is responsible for the oversight and direction of our company flight department and leads regulatory communications with the local FAA office. Bret has twenty years in aviation, both as a pilot and aviation manager, and most recently started up an FAA licensed air carrier operation prior to joining Jet Methods. Bret became introduced to aviation in 1995 as a skydiving instructor where he soon began taking flying lessons and obtained his commercial and transport pilot certificates along with three separate jet type ratings. When not working Bret enjoys spending time traveling and attending to properties in Mexico, scuba diving, and still avid in skydiving where he has made over 23,000 jumps and was awarded 1997 National Champion in Parachuting.
Director of Maintenance
As Director of Maintenance for Jet Methods, Doug Layne brings 30-years of maintenance expertise to our managed fleet of aircraft. Born in Denver, Colorado, Doug’s start in aviation was through a family owned Cessna Turbo 206 used on their farm in Eastern Colorado. After graduating from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1988 with an Airframe & Powerplant license, Doug relocated to San Diego where he began maintaining planes at the Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. From there Doug moved into working for various air medevac, cargo, and charter companies as well as fulfilling the role of Director of Operations for a certified aircraft repair station maintaining a variety of aircraft types. Later Doug moved into maintenance director roles for private flight departments in San Diego maintaining corporate jets to include Gulfstream and Cessna Citations. Doug is also a licensed commercial pilot and enjoys flying, running triathlons, and playing bass in a classic rock band with his wife. Doug holds a Bachelor’s in Aviation Business Management from Southern Illinois University.
As Chief Pilot for Jet Methods, Robert manages the activities of our pilot group with a focus on maintaining the highest levels of safety and professionalism. As a California native Robert was initially planning a medical career following in his father’s footsteps, however he was bit by the aviation bug after taking a $5 introductory flight in a Cherokee 140 in 1973, where he moved quickly earning his basic ratings and flight instructor certificate, later becoming the assistant chief pilot for a local flight school. Looking to the airlines, Robert was accepted by United Airlines in 1978 where he enjoyed a fulfilling career spanning 38 years having flown the 737, 727, 757, 767 and 747, while also serving in the training department as an FAA Line Check Airman, Standards Captain on the 747-400 and, for 5 years, the Line Check Airman Coordinator in charge of initial and continuing qualification of the 747-400 Line Check Airman pilots. In his free time Bob enjoys time with family consisting of wife Lori, three grown children and two wonderful granddaughters. Bob is a graduate from Stanford University where he earned a bachelor’s in biology.
Director of Sales
As Director of Sales, Phil brings to Jet Methods many decades of business and aviation sales expertise. Phil strives each day to provide our customers with tailored aviation services meeting their needs in an open, friendly, and professional manner. Prior to joining Jet Methods, Phil was the Regional Sales Manager for the HondaJet as a member of Cutter Aviation’s elite aircraft sales team where he played a key role in helping bring the HondaJet to the marketplace. Phil’s professional aviation career includes numerous key positions at other aircraft sales companies including Signature Combs and AVEX Inc., primarily selling Piper and Beechcraft aircraft, as well as aircraft management and charter services. Phil is an accomplished aviator holding a Commercial Pilot’s license with Instrument and Multi-engine ratings, having accumulated over 6,900 flight hours in all types of general aviation aircraft to include the HondaJet. Phil holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He enjoys tennis, golf and bicycling in his spare time and is a passionate fan of college football.
Christine Robinson has many years working in the transportation and service industries and is well suited in providing our customers with a professional and friendly trip experience. Born and raised in Carlsbad, CA, Christine spent nine years in customer service and dispatching for one of San Diego’s largest luxury transportation companies. Her time as a dispatcher has taught her how to prioritize in the face of ever changing responsibilities without losing sight of the details. Her favorite part about working in the travel industry is helping people create a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. Outside of work Christine enjoys running half marathons and reading. One of her favorite travel destinations is Sedona, AZ. She is currently studying kinesiology and nutrition at Mira Costa College.
Working in the flight coordination and charter sales departments, Kirsten Yule-Zaagman is well suited in scheduling, planning and quoting of customer flights. Born in Cape Town South Africa, Kirsten moved to Southern CA in 2015 to further pursue her aviation interests. Prior to joining Jet Methods Kirsten managed scheduling and dispatching of aircraft for a large flight school where she worked with company flight instructors and student customers. Kirsten is also a licensed pilot, having flown the Vigilant T1, Grob Heron, Grob Tutor, PA-28 Warrior, and Cessna 172. Her first solo flight at age sixteen was from the Royal Air Force station at Linton-On-Ouse in North Yorkshire, England. Kirsten holds a B.A. from the University of Hull (UK) in War and Security Studies.
Senior Sales Executive
Performing sales and business development for Jet Methods, Michael Fager has a long history in both business sales and aviation. Originally from New York, Michael became a business owner at the age of twenty-five when he purchased the car rental company he then worked for. Over the next twenty years Michael built the business to a 250 car fleet by listening to customers and providing great value and service. The business was later sold, and in 1996 Michael became enthused with aviation where he earned his pilot license and later moved into aviation sales selling private air charter services. Michael brings his many years of experience in business and aviation sales to the Jet Methods team. Having attended the University of San Diego on a tennis scholarship, Michael still enjoys the game of Tennis and also playing golf when he can.
Barbara brings 30-years of accounting experience to Jet Methods. She performs all accounting tasks and works closely with our customers and vendors to ensure financial matters are completed accurately and timely. After graduating high school, Barbara lived abroad in France, and later moved to San Diego in 1977 where she took a job with the airlines, namely Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) as an internal auditor. From the airlines, Barbara moved on to a CPA firm and later attained a CPA license in 1990. After decades in the public accounting sector Barbara decided a change of pace would be good, giving her time to enjoy hobbies such as hiking, cooking, and traveling. Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s degree in business from UCLA.