Our Team

Instructor Rates

Private (Basic) Training: $59/hr
Instrument (Advanced) Training: $64/hr
Basic Training in Non-Fleet Aircraft: $64/hr
Advanced Training in Non-Fleet Aircraft: $69/hr

Leadership Team

Kevin Winship

KPTK, Chief Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI

Brian Lipiec

KOZW, Maintenance Officer, CFI, CFII

Angela Rogers

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Business Operations Team

Shannon Harvey

Business Operations Manager

Carla Rosenblum

Onboarding Support Specialist

Flight Instructor Teams

Howell – KOZW

Walker Alchin

Flight Instructor, CFI

Tucker Orr

Flight Instructor, CFI

Robert Cleary

Flight Instructor, CFI

Connor Frank

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Ron Megesi

Gold Seal Flight Instructor,CFI, CFII, MEI

Michael Paga

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Julie Liberti

LESA High School Pilot Ground School Instructor, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, AGII

Flint – KFNT

Nico Naguit

Flight Instructor, CFI

David Anthony

Flight Instructor, CFI

Jacob Zimmel

Flight Instructor, CFI

Pontiac – KPTK

Matthew Lemire

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Zac Saez

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Dan Holtzclaw

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI – R, AGI, ATP Wright Brothers Master Pilot, Faasteam Member

Jacob Panourgias

Flight Instructor, CFI

Jeremy Schmitt

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Mark Robinson

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Jake Sears

Flight Instructor, CFI

Tim Crawford

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

Nicholas O’Reilly Treter

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Doug Weaver

Flight Instructor, CFI

Ypsilanti – KYIP

Alex Barkoff

Flight Instructor, CFI

Dylan Stites

Flight Instructor, CFI

Lauren Dowd

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

At Crosswinds Aviation we are committed to the most efficient and highest quality flight training experience possible. The way we ensure this begins with our instructors. It’s not just the plane you fly, but who you fly with that affects your experience. Through your flight training process you will spend a great deal of time with your instructor, and for this reason, we hand-select the best instructor from our team to meet your needs and personality. Your Crosswinds flight instructor will guide you from the very beginning of your first lesson, through all the lessons in your flight training syllabus, to your final check-ride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner; they will be your teacher and mentor throughout the entire process.

Customized Training 

Our instructors are skilled at understanding what their student’s objectives are for achieving a pilot license. Based on this, they will incorporate specific scenarios into the structure of your flight training syllabus. Crosswinds instructors will modify flight lessons and help you obtain more experience in situations based on how you intend to use your pilot license. For example, if you are looking to become a career pilot, your instructor will focus more on efficiency of training and progressing you to the next rating as quickly as possible. If you are planning to use your license for business travel, your instructor will focus on your perspective in regards to flying and good decision making; incorporating trips into your cross-country flights that are similar to the trips and weather conditions you will likely encounter. And if you are flying for recreation, your instructor will incorporate flight training lessons to the types of destinations you plan to visit frequently.


At Crosswinds Aviation we only hire instructors with the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrate a “safety first” attitude towards flying
  • Passion for aviation and teaching others to fly
  • Commitment to a high quality customer experience
  • Relaxed personality and easy to get along with
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of flying; from aerodynamics, to airspace and communications, to the avionics in our aircrafts

Safety With You In Mind 

We periodically get reports of pilots who have had their instructor yell at them; even very early in their training process. At Crosswinds, we believe that this should NEVER happen. Safety is our first priority, and raised tones or quick authoritative commands can create a tense and combative environment which is not conducive to flight training. If there is a situation requiring immediate attention for safety, your Crosswinds flight instructor has been trained to calmly take over the controls and let the student know, through positive communication, of what should be done differently. In addition, your flight instructor may incorporate the exact same situation in a later course as part of your flight training and in order to help you hone your skills.

Crosswinds Legacy Instructors

Olivia Mickevicius

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Ariana Chretien

Flight Instructor,CFI, CFII

Robert Soja

Flight Instructor, CFI

Moustafa Elbaradie

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII, MEI

Austin Secor

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII, MEI

Connor Novack


Joss Heideman

Howell (OZW) CFI

Brandon Zender

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII

Paul Castle

Gold Seal Instructor, CFI, CFII, ATP, AGI

Robert Hopman

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII

Kirstie Ovlasuk

Facility Operations Manager /A&P

Aiden Buck

Howell (OZW) CFI

Jake Lovell

Howell (OZW) CFI

Lina Nowland

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII, A&P

Joshua Fessler

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Bryce Groves

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Marcus Callahan

KOZW, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI

Michael Clapp

Pontiac (PTK) CFI

Casey McIntyre

Pontiac (PTK) CFI

Dennis Glaeser

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII, Gold Seal Instructor

Jeremy McDaniel

Flint (FNT) CFI

Thomas Laub

Howell (OZW) CFI

Jessy Russell

Howell (OZW) CFI

Henry Smith

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal Instructor

Lee Nowicki

Howell (OZW) CFI

Joshua Rushlow

Howell (OZW) CFI, Gold Seal Instructor

Kirksey Hagan

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal Instructor

Scott McDonald


Alec Thurber

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII

Anfernee Price

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI

Joslyn Verbias

Office Support Specialist

Trevor Uren

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, AGI

Douglas Weaver

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII

Christine Curry

Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI

Joey Augustyn

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII

Josh Barton

Pontiac (PTK) CFI, CFII, MEI

Brenden McConiha

Flint (FNT) CFI

Regan Lezotte

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII

Brandon Sommerville

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII

Mackenzie Benson

Pontiac (PTK) CFI

Logan Smith

Howell (OZW) CFI ,CFII

Nathan Sherriff

Pontiac (PTK) CFI

Tyler Keough

Howell (OZW) CFI, CFII

Mac Lipsey

Howell (OZW) CFI