Matt Shidler: Chief Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CSIP

Matt has been a flight instructor for the past 8 years and flying for over 12. In 2009 he graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology.

Matt has logged 5000 flight hours of which over 3500 are instruction given. Matt is a CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot) and is qualified in both Perspective and Avidyne avionics. He also has experience as a corporate pilot flying throughout the United States and Canada in several different aircraft including the Pilatus PC-12, Cessna 441, and Piaggio P180 Avantii. Matt enjoys passing the knowledge and experience that he has gained on to his students and seeing them succeed.


Following an eighteen-year hiatus, during which time he earned a graduate degree and taught in a private school and a university, Tim has returned to aviation. Tim’s previous flying experience includes work in flight instruction, a commuter airline, corporate aviation, several air ambulance services, and air freight operations. Tim’s extra-flying interests include textual criticism of ancient manuscripts, semi-annual camping trips with the men in his family, reading, shooting, good conversation, the U. S. Constitution and the U. S. S. Constitution and tinkering with his Astro van.

Brian Browning: CFI

My passion for teaching and aviation was passed down from my parents. After a 30 year career in software sales, I figured it was time to go do what I love the most; flying and teaching. My passion is helping those who dream of becoming a pilot to attain the confidence and skills to realize their dream. A great day for me is watching a student have that epiphany where they realize that becoming a pilot is within their grasp. My other passions, that take a second seat to aviation of course, are soccer, guitar, and quotable B-movies.

Sam Cooper – CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

Cooper was born and raised in the mountainous terrain of the small town of Sunriver, Oregon. Pilot, violinist, and tennis player, Cooper does it all. After a career installing cable television, Cooper decided to get into aviation to soar to greater heights. Now he works to share the joy of flying with his students by teaching them how to be safe and responsible pilots. While he has too many hobbies to count, he has been known to enjoy weight lifting, knitting, cooking, spending time with his wife and cats, and rolling tide.

Orlando Ruiz – CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

From the humble beginnings of Mexico Orlando Ruiz and his family moved to the USA to fulfill the American Dream. He graduated from the University of Texas Austin with a Degree in physics. He is fulfilling his destiny of becoming a pilot while helping other students along the way. He likes being outdoors, dancing, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Brad Petrey – CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

Brad is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he served as a high school teacher and coach for several years prior to pursuing a career in aviation.  Brad completed his flight training in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado, and he is excited to bring his genuine passion for teaching and dynamic teaching style into the world of aviation.  In his free time, he is a college football fanatic, food enthusiast, and loves exploring new places.   In addition to flight instructing, he serves as the President of a non-profit organization specializing in outreach to at-risk and homeless children in Busia and Malaba, Kenya.  Currently, his favorite hobby is attempting to keep up with his 2 year old son, Judah, and striving to find the best BBQ joint in Texas.

Jesse Lebate – CFI

Jesse took his first discovery flight when he was 19 years old. After volunteering for his local fire department for a year and a half, he decided that aviation was his true calling. Since receiving his Private Pilot’s license at the age of 21, he has been flying ever since. He has two college degrees, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, and an associate’s degree from Central Texas College. He enjoys the outdoors, shooting, and reading. He believes that flying is an art and loves teaching others.

Brannon Muska CFI, MEI

Rachel Maloy CFI, CFII

Matt Sorensen CFI, CFII