My name is Hiro Muira and I am the Chief Instructor. I am originally from Shizuoka Japan but I have been in the United States since 1999. I attended Dixie State University and then graduated from UVU in Aviation Science. Besides flying, I love my son, Yuki. I also love to cook and play golf. Traveling is my other favorite hobby. I have been to every continent except Africa and one day I hope to travel to the International Space Station.
My name is Scott Olsen and I am the Salt Lake City Director of Flight Education for Cornerstone. I began my training with Salt Lake Community College in 2004. I completed my commercial at Cornerstone Aviation. I transferred to Westminster College to earn a bachelors degree. I began instructing with Westminster and ended up falling in love with flight instructing. In 2012, I turned down the airlines to flight instruct full time for my career. I was the Chief Instructor with Westminster for 5 years until the program closure in 2021. I have experience as a Beech 99 Captain for Alpine Air. I love to watch my students learn and excel and see their aviation dreams through to wherever that takes them. I love back country flying and spending time with my family. I’m excited to be a part of the Cornerstone team.
Qualifications:CFI, CFII, MEI, High Performance, Tail Wheel
My name is David Leahy. I have been with CSA since 2012 and grew into the role of an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Before CSA, I flew bank checks via Part 135, a Twin Otter dropping sky divers via Part 91, a MU300 for a Real Estate Company in Myrtle Beach, SC Part 91, then for a Part 135 company flying a CE 560XL. Wanting to be at home with my new family, I now serve CSA as an Admin and as a Compliance Officer with the FAA. I enjoy biking, boating, being outdoors and working with VBA and Matlab.
I am from Chipita Park, CO, and currently live in Layton, UT. I have over 20 years of experience involving the USAF, T-37, F-4, F-16. IP. I also have 20 years of airline experience with EMB-120, B-727, 737, 747, 757, 767, A-319, 320. PI, Check Airman. I love golfing, hiking, camping, scouting and travel. When asked what I like best about instructing, my proud response is “Continuing to contribute, and helping students conquer their greatest challenge.”
My name is Ryan Brimhall. I was born and raised in Menlo Park, CA where I graduated High School in 1997. I then moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, and have lived here ever since. After a few years on hiatus in between semesters I finally obtained my B.S. in Economics with a Minor in Business from the University of Utah. My favorite part of instructing is seeing students learn and progress. It’s a great feeling watching someone learn to do what I love knowing I helped them get there. In my off time I have a 5 year old and a new born at home who keep my wife and myself very busy. I plan to get my ATP rating once I have the hours, but I also intend to continue teaching indefinitely so that one day I can teach my daughter and son to fly.
Jeff is a CFI and earned his licenses from Cornerstone Aviation. He was born and raised in Roy Utah and now lives in Lehi with his wife and daughter. In 2018 he graduated from BYU in Sports Journalism. He loves everything sports. If Jeff isn’t flying you can find him traveling the world, and enjoying time with family and friends.
My name is Kyler Brisk. I have always had an interest in aviation but never even realized it as a career path until I was 12 years old. I was introduced to a flight simulator as part of program at school used to familiarize students with the different types of career paths available to us. I fell in love with the flight simulator that day and made sure to add one to my Christmas list for Santa Claus to put under my Christmas tree. Christmas morning came and sure enough, it was under the Christmas tree. I spent countless hours sitting in front of the computer flying all over the world. Most of that time was spent flying the different types of passenger aircraft between major airports. Fast forward to being able to actually begin flying airplanes FOR REAL! I trained for approximately one year and in that time earned all of my certificates from private pilot to certified flight instructor. I was lucky enough to land a job instructing at Cornerstone Aviation’s Ogden Training Center. CSA really is the best flight school out there. The team is perfect, the aircraft are excellent, and the training program was far greater than my personal experience training at a different flight school. I also used CSA’s connection to Liberty University to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics degree in two years while instructing full time. I spent two and a half years instructing at the best flight school in the world until I was fortunate enough to continue following my dream of becoming an airline pilot by being hired with Mesa Airlines flying the CRJ 900. During training at Mesa Airlines, I saw so many similarities between how the airline world operates and how CSA operates. Although I wasn’t smart enough to train with CSA in the beginning, I am forever grateful I was able to be trained by them for the life of a professional pilot.
Qualifications: CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, High Performance
Jacee is a CFI who earned his licenses with Cornerstone Aviation in Ogden, Utah. He was born and raised in West Jordan, Utah. Jacee now lives in Riverdale with his wife and three kids. Jacee has been a member of the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB for 18 years and holds the rank of Master Sergent. He was a Crew Chief on F-16’s and F-35’s. He has always had a passion for aviation and is planning on flying for Skywest and eventually Delta Airlines.
My name is Austin Buttenob. I’m a Utah native but have had short stints around the US. I began my training with Cornerstone Aviation while in highschool in 2015, and have been flying here primarily ever since. I’ve loved flying at Cornerstone Aviation as a student and now as an instructor. I really enjoy teaching and sharing aviation as both a career and hobby, discussing the finer points of the industry with great friends and colleagues, and meeting new students. When I’m not flying, I’m usually managing or helping my videography business, hunting and fishing outdoors, or working on computers.
My name is Brandon Cronin. I grew up in Winter Park Colorado and have been living in Utah since 2010. I was a professional freestyle mogul skier for 13 years and travelled all over the US and Canada to compete. I retired from competitive skiing in 2015 and then finished my bachelors in Economics at the University of Utah. I have been flying with Cornerstone Aviation since 2018 and got my CFI in October 2020. I still ski for fun in the winter and mountain bike, slack line, frisbee golf, and camp in the summer.
Jet Leineke has been a flight instructor at Cornerstone Aviation since June 2021. He completed his flight training at Cornerstone, as well. Jet graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2020. Although his end goal is to fly for an airline, he has fallen in love with general aviation and flight instructing in particular. When not flying, albeit seldom, Jet enjoys traveling, sports, and working on his Graduate degree from ERAU!
My name is Bryce Lorentzen. I am originally from Ventura County California but moved to Utah in 2014 to attend the University of Utah and graduated in 2018 with a bachelors degree in meteorology. I earned my CFI certificate in September of 2020 and am currently working the front desk and instructing. Outside of flying I enjoy fly fishing, skiing, camping and watching Utah football.
My name is Damion Ly and I have been a flight instructor with Cornerstone Aviation since April of 2022. My aviation journey actually started out with Cornerstone when I got my private pilot’s license while in high school. Then after graduating high school in 2020, I attended UVU and did the majority of my flight training there. As of August of 2022, I’ve graduated from UVU with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot. I really do enjoy instructing and sharing my passion with others. The best part is watching my students succeed and achieve their goals! When not flying, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, or just hanging out with my friends.
Hi I’m Kylee! I’ve had a passion for heights and adventures my whole life. Born and raised in Utah, I love the extreme of the seasons, especially in combination with aviation! The most important thing to me is being the best flight instructor possible. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping students achieve their goals. I’m here with Cornerstone for the long run!
My name is Trip Marshall and I have been associated with Cornerstone aviation since 2003. My love of aviation has spanned my entire life, as I grew up living on an airport in North Carolina where my father ran an FBO and Crop Dusting Business. From 2003 to 2009 I was a flight instructor here at CSA, and was then moved to Chief Flight Instructor for Private Students. In 2011 I was hired by SkyWest Airlines, where I spent a few years flying the EMB-120 Brasilia, as well as the CRJ 200/700/900. Currently I am teaching 7th grade, but flight-instruct in the summer full time. When not flying I spend time with my wife and two kids, hiking and backpacking, or doing anything we can outdoors.
Qualifications: CFI, CFII, MEI, Type Rated, High Performance, Tailwheel, 141 Check Instructor
My name is Andrew Moore and I grew up here in Salt Lake. I graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked on water resource projects up and down the Wasatch Front until I left the field in 2019 to enter the aviation world. Currently I am working at the front desk as well as instructing at Cornerstone. When I’m not flying I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and skiing with my wife in Utah’s spectacular outdoors.
I was born in Utica, New York. In 1972 I moved to Baker City, Oregon where I was introduced to aviation through an introductory flight in a Piper Cherokee 140. A year later I began flying a Cessna 150 and 152 at the age of 15. After graduating from Baker High School my educational pursuits took me to Provo where I received most of my FAA pilot certificates and ratings through Central Utah Aviation. I have been a gold seal flight instructor for over 30 years. I have accumulated over 17,500 hours of flying experience throughout my career of which over 2700 hours have been as a flight instructor. I earned a Masters degree from Delta State University in Commercial Aviation and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, with minors in accounting & economics from Brigham Young University. I was hired as a flight crew member by SkyWest Airlines in 2000 and am currently qualified to fly the CRJ aircraft series. In January 2018 I began employment with Cornerstone Aviation as an FAA certified ground instructor.
Qualifications:CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, Gold Seal Instructor
Aloha! My name is Cam Nickel and I started my flight journey in 2013 when I moved to Utah from Hawaii to begin my flight training with Cornerstone Aviation. I took a brief hiatus in 2015 but came back to complete my flight training with Cornerstone in 2016. During this time I have been a river guide for 13 years, 8 years in Canyon Lands and 5 years in the Grand Canyon. I was hired as a CFI with Cornerstone in early 2022 and love sharing my passion for flying with the next generation of aviators. My ultimate goal is to go to the airlines, but in the meantime I’m just enjoying my time flying in this beautiful state and instructing the most amazing students!
Martin O’Loughlin was born in Boston, and spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.He graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and was later commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy.He became an FA-18 pilot, Topgun graduate, and flew dozens of other military aircraft continuously for 20 years.Martin was the most junior pilot ever to win the Michael Hoff Attack Aviator of the Year Memorial Award.As a USAF F-16 exchange pilot, he was his squadron’s and wing’s overall Top Gun multiple times.Later, the FA-18 squadron he commanded earned distinction in combat, and was the first Hornet squadron ever to win every competitive award in the same year for personnel retention, operational efficiency, aircraft maintenance excellence, ordnance handling expertise, and safety.
In his distinguished career, Martin was awarded the Air Force Airman’s Medal for Heroism, several Meritorious Service Medals, numerous Air Medals and Aerial Achievement Medals, and many combat, deployment, and personal awards.His career milestones include over 5,000 flight hours, 100 combat missions, and 800 carrier landings.
Martin left active duty to become the CEO of a multi-location FBO involved in the full spectrum of aviation activities – fuel sales; aircraft sales, maintenance, and rental; flight instruction; firefighting; and charter, operating more than 75 aircraft.He has had similar leadership roles with other FBO chains, aerospace companies, FAA-certified repair stations, and flight operations throughout North America and the Caribbean.Martin has founded or co-founded twelve companies, been a hands-on leader for several others as a C-Level executive, and served on university business school and charter high school Boards of Directors.
As an active pilot with over 7,000 flight hours in 100 models of aircraft, Martin has vast experience in aircraft modification, flight test, and certification.However, his greatest enjoyment comes from working with the flight instructors and aircraft technicians who are making the next generation of pilots.His recreational passions include flying, skiing, cycling, golf, and hiking in the mountains with his Golden Retrievers.
Hi, my name is Kat! I am from Santa Cruz, California, but moved to Utah to attend Westminster College. I graduated in 2021 with a degree in Aviation Business Administration. I finished my Commercial, CFI, and CFII at Cornerstone Aviation. When I am not flying I am fishing, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, and rock climbing! I am excited to share my passion with other students and provide quality instruction while also enjoying the beautiful views.
My name is Jp Phillips and I joined Cornerstone as an instructor in June of 2022. I grew up here in Salt Lake City and began my flight training in 2017 as a senior in high school through Westminster’s early start program. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in August of 2021. When not flying I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, Pickleball, hiking, paddle boarding, and golfing.
My name is Courtney Richardson. Growing up in a wanderlust-filled family, I’ve always loved traveling. I took my passion for travel and started a career as a Flight Attendant in 2013. A fellow flight attendant encouraged me to take a discovery flight to see if flying the plane was for me. Sure enough, I fell in love with flying and decided to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. I enjoy working with my students and encouraging them to pursue their aviation dreams! When I’m not flying, I’m usually cycling, swimming, traveling, or just taking it easy with my husband and dog. Let’s go fly!
My name is Tyler Shea. I grew up in Park City and moved down to Salt Lake City to attend Westminster College. I graduated from Westminster College in 2021 with a degree in Aviation Flight Operations. When I’m not flying, I love to ski, hike, and bike. I am a CFI and CFII at Cornerstone.
My name is Austin Shick and I joined Cornerstone Aviation as an instructor in August 2021. Prior to becoming an instructor, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot from Utah Valley University in December of 2020. I am an 8-year veteran of the United States Air Force where I was an Avionics Maintenance Technician specializing in communication and navigational systems on the C-130 military cargo transport aircraft stationed at Yokota AB, Japan. Japan is where I truly found my passion for flying. I took full advantage of the Yokota flight training center where I obtained my Private Pilot Certificate, as well as my Instrument Rating. This gave me the unique opportunity to explore the land of the rising sun. I enjoy travelling the world and experiencing various cultures along with playing golf, snowboarding, and working on cars. I am currently a cadet with PSA airlines and look forward to transitioning to them when the time comes.
I’m Steve Sodja, and I love to fly! In 2004, I became a private pilot, flying out of the Rocky Mountain Regional Airport near Denver, Colorado. Since then, I’ve become instrument certified through SLCC flying Cornerstone aircraft and got my Commercial and CFI at Westminster College finishing in 2019. I’ve been a student or renter at Cornerstone since 2010 and am now excited to be a CFI here! I love to pass along my passion for aviation and see the sense of accomplishment a student has after reaching their goal.
My education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U of U. I’ve had a career in the aerospace industry developing new spacecraft and launch vehicles. I enjoy trail running, flying, camping, car projects and hanging out with family. I have a saying that, “life is always better above 10,000 feet whether trail running, hiking or flying a plane!”
Hi I’m Claire! I was born and raised in Seattle, WA but moved to Utah to attend Westminster College. I graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Aviation Flight Operations and a minor in French. When not in the air, you can find me in the mountains, either on a pair of skis or trail running. I love instructing! Getting to share a passion of mine with others is one of the most rewarding things in my life. My end goal is a Major Airline, but I try to keep an open mind with any opportunities that come up.
Hi I’m Nyssa! I’m from San Diego, CA and moved to Salt Lake City 10 years ago to attend the University of Utah. I started training with Cornerstone in 2019, and was hired as an instructor here early 2022. My favorite thing about flying in Salt Lake is buzzing around our beautiful Wasatch mountains. Outside of aviation I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
I’m from Utah so what I enjoy doing pretty well fits the location. I love being outdoors, going rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding in the winter. If I could be anywhere to relax, I will always tell you, on the beach or surfing. I swim as a hobby and find most of my time consumed by studying. I always have a strange unquenchable craving for the Strawberry Daiquiri Sobe drink. I love Oreos as well and usually when I have one from a package I will unnoticeably finish the whole package in an easy short sitting. I’m not a dad but thoroughly enjoy dad jokes, my favorite one being, “Did you hear about the invention of the shovel? It was groundbreaking”.
“Not following your dreams leaves you dead inside. If you don’t love what you do, it’s not right for you.” – The Script
I get to wake up every day excited because I have the coolest job in the whole world! Flying is about travel, adventure, and connecting the world as one. This is my dream, I get to live it every day, and I get to help other people live their dreams too. Although based in Utah my whole life, I am constantly traveling to meet and discover new places and people. After earning my degree from Utah State University in Entrepreneurship, I joined Cornerstone to receive all my flight training. I have aspirations to join the airlines in flying and management roles. When I am not flying, you will find me biking, skiing, climbing, indoor surfing, and ordering the spicy deluxe from Chick-Fil-A.
My name is Charlie Vogel. I was raised on a small lake in southern Wisconsin. In 2012, I graduated high school and migrated to Park City, Utah to ski. I worked as a mountain ops and ski instructor at Deer Valley Ski Resort. My goal was to become a helicopter pilot and aerial photographer. So I started flying fixed-wing airplanes and tapped into my love of flight. Loving to teach, I worked towards my flight instructor certificate and started instructing college students to help them earn their wings.
In 2018, I accrued 1000 hours of flight time and accepted a First Officer position flying an Embraer E-175 airliner for American Eagle. When I’m not flying in the sky, I love flying on the water. You can find me on windy days at a local lake kiteboarding or sailing.
I truly love sharing my passion for flight with aspiring pilots — whether students want to land on grass strips in Idaho’s backcountry or become a professional airline pilot. I look forward to helping you pursue your aviation goals.
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