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Meet Our Amazing Team

Nate Ruedy

CFI, CFII, MEI, CSIP, ATP
Type Rating: CL65, EMB500, ERJ170/190, B737

On his 12th birthday, Nate went for his first small airplane ride in a Cessna 185 and he’s been hooked ever since.  Nate graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BS in Aeronautics.  He has acquired over 9,000 hours in several different aircraft types, including 4 jet type ratings.  While flying for the airlines is a great career, his true passion lies in small airplanes.  He hasn’t missed Oshkosh for 15 years running (except in 2020) and has been flight instructing at what is now Lake Elmo Aero for over 15 years.  When he’s not planning Lake Elmo Aero’s next fly-in/fly-out adventure or monthly forum, you can find him in a red and white Decathlon, usually upside down.

Tom Stehler

CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI, ATP, NAFI Master CFI, Tailwheel
Type Rating: E170/E190/B737
A St. Paul area native, Tom attended Purdue University, where he acted as a corporate pilot and check instructor after graduation. He also founded Purdue’s winning team for the newly-formed collegiate class of the EAA’s AirVenture Cup Race in 2019.
 

Tom is now a First Officer on the Boeing 737 for Sun Country Airlines, and has experience in a multitude of different single and multi-engine aircraft, with over 1000 hours of flight instruction. 

Ben Arnal

CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI
Type Rating: B747

Ben grew up in Afton, MN. He did most of his flight training at the St. Cloud airport through the aviation program.  After achieving a B.S. in Aviation Operations at St Cloud State University, he continued his aviation career with an internship at Centennial Airport, Denver, CO, in Airport Operations. From there he was hired at the Northwest Airlines Aircrew training center as an instructor in the 747 from 2007 to 2009.  He continued his education with an MBA from Bellevue University in Nebraska.  In addition to being a flight instructor, Ben also manages Global Airfreight contracts for 3M.

Matthew Watt

CFI, CFII, MEI
Matthew Watt was raised in Chanhassen, MN. His mother was a long-time first officer for Delta Airlines. After taking a demo flight Matt decided that flying planes beat sitting at a desk 9-5, 5-days a week. Apart from aviation Matt enjoys watching football, working out, and shooting hoops. His enthusiasm always puts a smile on our face here at Lake Elmo Aero.
 

Molly Erickson

CFI, CFII

Molly is a Saint Paul native. She has done all of her flight training at Lake Elmo Aero. There are a few pilots in her family but she is the first to become a CFI. Her dad flew F4’s and F16’s in the Air Force and then spent 30+ years flying King Airs. Molly spent some time in Cambodia and Thailand, went to beauty school, and then ended up reviewing mortgages and title policies before finding her true passion in aviation. She aspires to be an inspiration for girls everywhere who want to fly. 

“You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process is it’s own reward. “ – Amelia Earhart

Kyle Palmer

CFI

Kyle has worked at a small business for a transportation company and a large corporate
environment as a Healthcare Accountant. Kyle went for an Intro flight in February 2020 and just knew that it was for him. It fit his adventurous desires and it would push him to new heights. With the support of his wife, family, and friends he decided to take the leap. Now, he is doing something that he had previously only dreamed about; and getting more joy from it than he ever imagined. When he not flying he is adventuring with my family or running on a long scenic trail.

Brandon Bergeron

CFI, CFII
Brandon began his aviation career in 2004 when he joined the U. S. Air Force Reserve as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician.  Flying in the Air Force as a crewmember in C-130, C-17 and KC-135 airframes inspired him to pursue an aviation degree leading him to attend Western Michigan University’s Aviation Flight Science Program which he completed in 2011 after earning commercial ratings in single engine land, single engine sea and multi-engine land airplanes.  Brandon earned his CFI and CFII ratings with Liberty University’s flight training affiliate, AV8 in Eden Prairie, MN.  In addition to flight instructing, he works for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an Executive Assistant in the Revenue Operations Directorate.  Brandon currently resides in Hudson, WI with his wife and three sons. 

Trevor Gumm

CFI, MEI

Trevor Gumm was raised in Eden Prairie, MN. After starting college and realizing a desk job may not be for him, he dove head first into aviation. Trevor began flight training at Flying Cloud in 2020 and finished his training the following year in late 2021. Trevor has always loved teaching, from coaching snowboarding to coaching motorcycle track riding and now flight instructing. In his free time you could find him working on his car or at a car show with friends. 

Jack Rossmiller

CFI, MEI

Amy Miyajima

CFI, CFII, Seaplane, ATP
Type Rating: BE400/MU300, L382, B737

Amy caught the flying bug in 2007, after taking a discovery flight in Hawaii. She has since flown and instructed in all types of general aviation aircraft, including piloting the all-female Misty Blues Skydiving Team in demos and air shows across the nation. In 2016, she was selected to be a C-130 pilot with the Minnesota Air National Guard, fulfilling her long time dream of becoming a military aviator. In 2021, she was hired as a First Officer with Sun Country Airlines. Her most recent adventure started in April 2022 with the birth of her son, Davey, who has already taken his discovery flight!

Hunter O'Keefe

CFI

Hunter grew up in Farmington, Minnesota. Growing up, he was surrounded by aviation due to both his parents working in the airline industry. Hunter attended the University of North Dakota where he completed his flight training. In addition to flight instructing, he works as a commercial drone operator. In his free time, he enjoys biking around the Twin Cities and spending time outdoors. becoming a military aviator.

Jackson Cloud

CFI

Brent Olson

CFI
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