meet our team
Mike Killian - Director of Ops / Chief Pilot
Flying from a very young age, Mike grew up in aviation and started taking lessons when he was only twelve years old. Since then he has amassed over 6000 flight hours flying both fixed-wing and helicopters. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Certified Flight Instructor Certificate for Airplane Single & Multi-Engine as well as Helicopters. In addition to serving as the Director of Operations at Corsair Aviation, Mike is also the primary pilot for the company's air charter operation and works part-time flying helicopters for the news. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Henley-Putnam University.
Tyler Broulik - Assistant Chief Pilot
Born and raised in Southern California, Tyler grew up in the Antelope Valley. His interest in aviation stems from his father and grandfather who worked as aeronautical engineers at USAF Plant 42. After receiving his class A skydiving certification in 2017, Tyler decided to pursue a career as a pilot. He enrolled as a student at Corsair Aviation and eventually became a Certified Flight Instructor. Tyler brings first hand experience as a student utilizing the Cessna Flight Training Syllabus as well as extensive local knowledge, and a passion for all things aviation.
Dana Baker - Check Instructor
Dana became hooked on learning to fly after taking a ride in his friend's airplane. Shortly after completing his Private Pilot Certificate he decided to push forward and become a Certified Flight Instructor. His strong desire to share aviation shows in his enthusiastic dedication to flight training. Having flown a wide variety of aircraft, Dana holds a tail-wheel endorsement and even built his own kit airplane! When not flying, Dana works in the movie industry and is an avid drone pilot.
Adam Preston - Flight Instructor
Adam was born in Delaware and moved to Cody, Wyoming when he was 8 years old. He spent his time in Wyoming hiking, fishing, skiing, and snowboarding. He knew he wanted to be a pilot from a young age but didn't see it as attainable until he became more familiar with his local flight school's program. He started the private pilot program at Choice Aviation at 20 years old and decided to continue, ultimately achieving his Certified Flight Instructor Certificate at 22. After graduating, Adam worked a number of jobs, from chairlift operator, to concrete laborer, until finally gaining the opportunity to teach at Corsair Aviation. Both of Adam's parents are teachers, and their passion for knowledge and teaching was passed to him early on. While instructing, Adam wants to relay the importance of flying safely, but also the importance of having fun while aviating.
Julia Towey - Flight Instructor
Julia was born and raised in New Jersey along the Jersey Shore. She attended and graduated Marist College with a B.S. degree in computer science in 2020. She got an IT job immediately after graduating, but felt increasingly uninspired as the days went by. She started to think back on her childhood dreams of being a pilot. Going home everyday and constantly mentioning it to family, her dad finally told her do the research and find a way to make the dream become reality. So that’s what she did. She quit her job and worked full-time to acquire her commercial single and multi-engine certificate, as well as a certified flight instructor certificate with instrument, and multi-engine ratings. Julia loves everything aviation, and is constantly pointing out to her friends every time planes fly overhead. Her goal is to share the passion she has for flying and to pass the skills she’s learned onto others. As an instructor, Julia’s priority is to find out how to help her students achieve their goals and dreams.
Ryder Markey - Flight Instructor
Ryder was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent some time living in Canada with his family. His mother worked in Los Angeles as a celebrity makeup artist. He attended Cal State University, Northridge and completed his Bachelor’s of Science in business management with a minor in psychology. After university he utilized his dual citizenship to train in Canada as a cadet with WestJet Airlines. During the pandemic he decided to return to Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, riding super sport motorcycles, cooking, learning new languages and spending time with friends.
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