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.
Kevin is a CFI, CFII where he earned his licenses in Lubbock, TX, Clovis, NM, Sarasota, FL and now here at Ogden where he is working on his MEI while he instructs. He was born and raised in Bronx, NY, left his home town at the age of 19 to join the U.S Air Force. He is an Active Duty member where he holds the rank of Technical Sergeant with 17 years of service as an IT/Communications technician. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and camping with his wife Linda.
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 Joshua Fawcett. I am from Kaysville, Utah and have lived there my whole life. I started my aviation path in September 2018 and finished with my MEI back in August 2019. I have been an instructor at Cornerstone Aviation since December 2019 and have loved working there. The staff and students are fantastic, and the training environment for students and instructors is amazing. I am the first pilot in my family, and it has been nothing but an amazing journey. People ask me what my favorite part of my job is, and my answer is always the same. Being able to take someone up on their first flight, with fear of the unknown in their eyes and then let them take controls for the first time. That change of fear to love of flying is what makes this job the best. I hope that anyone who has the desire to learn to fly will take that leap and do it. It’s all worth it in the end. My goals are to begin flying for SkyWest and then make my way to a major airline.
I am originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but currently reside with my beautiful wife, Lee, who is a Delta Flight Attendant. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1975 and served as a naval aviator from 1975-1996 as both active duty and reserve. The highlight of my naval career was serving in the Antarctic Development Squadron from 1979-1982 where I lived at McMurdo Station on the Antarctic continent. In 1980 I flew a mission that helped scientists discover a hole in the ozone layer. From 1986-2017 I flew multiple aircraft for Delta Airlines. I began instructing for Cornerstone Aviation in 2019 and I love being able to teach young pilots in Salt Lake City.
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.
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
I knew as a young boy that I wanted to be a pilot. I began flight training in high school in Central Kentucky and earned my private pilot certificate in college. I went on to earn my instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate after college while working as a video producer at Sporty’s Pilot Shop. After several years working in local news, I decided to return to the world of aviation, earning my flight instructor certificate. I am excited to share the joy of aviation with new students. When I’m not flying, I enjoy hiking, climbing, and exploring the beauty of Utah.
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
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.
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.
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, my name is Mandi Stuart and I’ve been an instructor at CSA since 2017. I spend most of my free time traveling and doing outdoor activities. I enjoy instructing because it gives me the opportunity to stay connected with the general aviation community and help others to pursue their passion for flying. I’m not only instructing at CSA, but happily flying for Envoy Airlines!
Qualifications:CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, High Performance