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FOUNDERS

For those who don’t know me, I’m the owner of Cornerstone Aviation. I began my flight instructing career managing several flight schools throughout the mid-west. While working with Flight Safety International, I became their Chief Flight Instructor for the Cessna Citation program. As time passed, I moved into the aircraft manufacturing industry, where I became an experimental flight test engineer on the Cessna Citation jet for Cessna Aircraft Company. From there I was hired by National Airlines and became the company’s first and only female airline pilot. National merged with Pan American World Airways and, once again, I became that industry giant’s first female pilot. Fast forward to 2003 when my son and I opened this flight school and have been running a successful operation ever since.

MANAGEMENT STAFF

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 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 FA-18 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, Commander O’Loughlin 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 Chief Executive Officer of a multi-location Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) involved in the full spectrum of aviation activities – FAA Part 141 flight instruction; fuel sales; aircraft sales, maintenance, and rental; firefighting; and charter. The company operated more than 75 aircraft in five permanent and two seasonal locations. He had similar leadership roles with other FBO chains and FAA-certified flight and maintenance operations.

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. His efforts have fostered innovation, promoted business success, and maximized shareholder value. He has been the principal architect of novel operational systems that dramatically improved efficiencies, reduced employee turnover, and increased profitability.

Martin’s passions include flying, skiing, cycling, golf, and hiking in the mountains with his Golden Retrievers.

My name is Hiro Muira and I am the Assistant Chief Instructor in Ogden. I am originally from Shizuoka Japan but I have been in the United States for 20 years. 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 Larry Shumway and I have been an instructor for Cornerstone since 2014. I am originally from Boise, Idaho, but grew up all over the world. I received both my BA in History and MA in Education Leadership from BYU and my PhD in Education from UNLV. My 35 year career in education has included time as a teacher, a high school principal, and the Utah State Superintendent. I hold my CFI and my CFII. I love flight instructing because it combines my love of aviation and my love of teaching.

My name is Stacie Whitford and I am the Education Coordinator for Cornerstone Aviation. I work mainly with our high school programs and the Liberty University students, but love working with any new student interested in flying. I have spent my live in the aviation industry. Both of my parents retired from the airlines and my husband flies for a Southwest. I hold a bachelors degree in aviation management and worked in several capacities for Skywest Airlines, including Infight Manager. I also spent time at United Airlines doing HR in Salt Lake City. I was the Aviation Admissions Counselor for Westminster College. I had the pleasure of joining the Cornerstone Aviation family in 2018 to continue doing what I love most…getting people into aviation!

FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS

Hello! My name is Andrew Butler. I am from Salt Lake City, Utah and have lived in Utah my entire life. I am a retired firefighter with twenty-two years at the fire department and have decided to make aviation and the commercial airlines a second career. My favorite part of instructing has been seeing the excitement in people’s faces the first time they fly and being able to pass on my knowledge and experience in aviation to someone else and watch them grow to become a professional pilot. In my spare time I like to spend time with my ten-year old son, running, SCUBA diving, traveling, riding my motorcycle and spending time in the outdoors.

Trey began his aviation career in 2004 by obtaining his Private Pilot License in his hometown of Cartersville, GA.  After a career in the US Air Force and Corporate Security Management, Trey decided to take his love for aviation to the next level.  Trey is a Commercial Pilot with Multiengine and Single Engine ratings and is also a Certified Flight Instructor, CFI, MEI, CFII.  His favorite part of instructing is sharing his passion for aviation with new students and helping them learn new skills and knowledge.  Eventually, however, he hopes to join a Part 121 Airline as a First Officer.  When not flying, Trey enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs as well as furniture building in his wood working shop.

Bill is from Chipita Park, CO. and currently lives in Layton, UT.  He has over 20 years of experience involving the USAF, T-37, F-4, F-16. IP. He also has 20 years of airline experience with EMB-120, B-727, 737, 747, 757, 767, A-319, 320. PI, Check Airman. Bill loves golfing, hiking, camping, scouting and travel. When asked what he likes best about instructing, he proudly replied “Continuing to contribute, and helping students conquer their greatest challenge.”

My name is Kyler Brisk. I am from Hurricane, Utah. My goal is to become an airline pilot and maybe fly the 787! Instructing has been one of the most rewarding opportunities because you learn so much from teaching. When I’m not flying I’m furthering my education through Liberty University’s online program or spending time with family and friends.

“I love instructing because not only do I get paid to fly but I get paid to LEARN and fly!”

My name is Peter Geller. I am from Massachusetts and moved to Utah to attend Westminster College. I will be graduating this May with a degree in Aviation Operations. My goal in this industry is to become a captain at a major airline. In the next few years I would like to be a first officer at a regional airline. The part I love about instructing the most is the satisfaction I get when a student succeeds. It is very rewarding. In my free time, I like to hike, ski, and watch good movies.

Hi, my name is Dallas Lee and I’ve been an instructor at cornerstone aviation since March 2019. I’ve had an awesome experience with the staff and students since working here and appreciate the friendly environment they keep. When I’m not flying I enjoy golfing, going out to the movies, and spending time with my wife. My pilot training began in January 2017 and I’ve loved every minute since I decided to start. Coming from a family of pilots, I always thought it would be amazing to fly planes just like my dad. I hope to one day fly for SkyWest and eventually make my way to a major airline like Southwest.

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.

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.

My name is Al Parris and I am an instructor at Cornerstone Aviation. I mainly do Communication Sim training and love to work with new pilots. Originally, I am from Gaffney, South Carolina, but came to Utah in 1970 to attend BYU. Upon graduation from there I went active duty Air Force where I served until 1988. I also served in the Utah Air National Guard from 1990-1997. My flight career took me to Delta Airlines where I flew as a Flight Engineer, First Officer, and Captain throughout my time with Delta. With more than 18,600 flight hours I am now enjoying my time helping the next generation of pilots get their start.

My name is Rainbow. I originally come from Hong Kong and I have been living in Utah for 12 years. Currently I am a Cadet Instructor with Envoy Air since CSA provides me a good source and connection to aim for my future career path.

I was born and raised in New Jersey but also lived in Colorado for some time.  It was at a young age I knew I wanted to become a pilot, my passion of Aviation was fueled by looking up to the night sky and seeing airplanes fly above.  I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors degree in Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot.  I was the first of my family to graduate college as well as become a pilot.  I love being a Flight Instructor because I get to see the passion of Aviation grow in my students eyes each time we progress in their learning.  I am finishing up my CFII and MEI and look forward to progressing in the Aviation Industry.

Kevin Morgan was born in Utica, New York. In 1972 he moved to Baker City, Oregon where he was introduced to aviation through an introductory flight in a Piper Cherokee 140. A year later he began flying a Cessna 150 and 152 at the age of 15. After graduating from Baker high school his educational pursuits took him to Provo where he received most of his FAA pilot certificates and ratings through Central Utah Aviation. He has been a gold seal flight instructor for over 30 years. He has accumulated over 17,500 hours of flying experience throughout his career of which 2700 hours have been as a flight instructor. He 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. He was hired as a flight crew member by SkyWest Airlines in 2000 and is currently qualified to fly the CRJ aircraft series. In January 2018 he began employment with Cornerstone Aviation as an FAA certified ground instructor.

A320 First Officer
Retired Air Force: MC-12, B-52, T-38, T-34
CFII, MEII, ATP

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.

Mike Slotten was born and raised in Northern California where he learned to fly at 17! He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts and was later commissioned as an Officer in the United States Air Force where he became an F-16 and F-35 pilot. He still flies the F-35 full time and enjoys instructing for CSA part time. Mike’s passions include instructing, flying his private airplane, snowboarding, and cycling.

My name is Parker Wilson. I enjoy getting outdoors and doing anything from hunting and mountain biking to snow skiing. My dream is to own a back country plane one day and spend my free time off-grid. I’ll brag about my job as a Flight Instructor at CSA any day! There isn’t another flight school I would rather be associated with or recommend someone pursue their training at over Cornerstone Aviation. Pilot training is challenging and it’s rewarding to help students through that same process. We’re all headed towards some really exciting futures.