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.
Tarik was born in Kuwait and grew up in London. He began flying in 1990 is the currently the GM / Chief at Cornerstone. Takik is dual rated, CFI fixed and Rotor CFII MEI fixed. Over his career, he flew Kiawas (OH 58D) in the army and has flown Part 91 and 135 corporate in planes and helicopters. Tarik likes back country flying the most and enjoys motorcycles in his spare time.
I’m the chief instructor in Ogden. I hold CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI, and AGI qualifications. I started flying in 2013 and was an F-16 Hydraulic technician in the Air Force before becoming a pilot. I enjoy teaching students and mentoring new instructors. Learning is an art-form that we all perfect differently. I enjoy helping new pilots understand a topic in a way that is meaningful to them. When not at the school I seek out new trails to hike and push myself to excel at the ones I know. On the stormy days you’ll find me at the gym or my writing desk.
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.
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.”
I’m Michael Mead, I like to go by Mick since there are too many Michaels. I love flying and being a CFI. When I’m not flying I enjoy working on vehicles, being outdoors, and spending time with my wife and dog.
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 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 3 year old at home who keeps 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 to fly.
James Lewis. CFI, CFII, MEI, Check Pilot. James has been an aircraft mechanic in the US Air Force for 12 years. He has worked on numerous aircraft before becoming a pilot. James is married with two kids and is a full time flight instructor. He is originally from California but moved to Utah after being stationed in Florida. James works with multiple programs including the Rotor Transition Program. James is an Envoy Cadet through the Envoy cadet program at cornerstone. James likes to go to the gym, be outdoors, and do new an adventurous things.
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.
My name is Dallas Lee. I’m from Kaysville Utah and I’ve lived in Utah my whole life. My career goal is to become a commercial pilot for Southwest and I don’t really have a favorite thing about instructing yet because I just started. When I’m up in the air, I love to enjoy the view and look for other planes flying by. Something interesting about me is that I speak Spanish.
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 Tia Mroz, I’m 24 and graduated from Utah State with a Bachelors degree in Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot. I grew up in Cleveland OH, but came out west for the amazing outdoors! I love to backpack, climb, and travel.
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.
If I could be any animal I’d be pizza… But in all seriousness, I have loved aviation sense I can remember. I served in the Air Force for six years (Non-flying job). After My honorable discharge from the Air Force I started flight training and worked towards my CFI. I have Completed most of my training at CSA. I have been instructing at Cornerstone for one year and Just added CFII to my certificate. My goal is to complete the hours for an ATP and fly for the Airlines.
Kathleen is a graduate from Utah State University. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She is an only child with a large extended family. Kathleen loves to inspire people whether that’s in the air or on the ground. When Kathleen isn’t flying airplanes you can find her at the gym or participating in outdoor activities.
I started my flight training in 2015, I have always loved flying and now I love instructing. I am originally from Boise, Idaho and moved to Salt Lake City to pursue flying. Flying for an airline has been a goal of mine for a very long time. Now with instructing I have the chance to meet that goal. I also have the privilege of flying with different people who are either curious about flying or are already passionate and working towards their own goals. Whether someone is working on certificates and ratings to fly for fun or fly professionally I am happy to be able to help them achieve these goals. My favorite part of instructing is being able to see people in flight training achieve milestones (anything from a perfect landing to a new rating) that come from hard work and practice and the satisfaction and joy it brings them. Outside of aviation I enjoy outdoor recreation. Hiking, camping, and fishing are a few of the favorites. I also love traveling to new places whether they are domestic or international and experiencing the whole world (another reason to love flying).
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.
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.
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 life 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!
I am the Front Desk Coordinator for the Salt Lake City office of Cornerstone Aviation. Prior to coming to CSA I was a Salt Lake County Corrections Officer for four years. But my life long love of aviation led me to Cornerstone. I grew up in Utah and have an English degree from SUU. I love motorcycles, travel, and spending time with my family. My favorite part of working at Cornerstone is getting to know all of the students and being a part of their aviation journeys.