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Midwest Corporate Air's Team

Steve Buchenroth: DPE, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Type Ratings: CL65, GIV, HS125, N265

Steve Buchenroth is the CEO of World Class Plastics, Inc. and the President, owner and operator of Midwest Corporate Air, Inc.

Steve is a 1980 graduate of Indian Lake HighSchool, and a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a BS degree
in Business Administration with a major in Aviation Management.

After graduating from OSU, he completed Officers Training and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air National Guard where he reached the rank of Captain and flew the F4 Phantom as a Navigator / Weapon Systems Officer for the 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Today, Steve holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, and is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for Private Pilot through Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) applicants. Besides conducting over 100 checkrides per year, he also flies a Pilatus PC-12NG for a local corporation and is a very active FAA Gold Seal ASEL and AMEL Flight Instructor. To date, he has directly trained or has been a part of training well over 800 successful pilots who have received their pilot certificates and ratings through Midwest Corporate Air. This includes well over 600 multi engine and multi engine instructor pilots. After 6 years of evening classes, he has aslo earned certificates as an Airframe and Powerplant Technician from the Columbus State Community College.

Steve recently resigned from a regional airline where he flew the CRJ 900, 700 and 200 aircraft, so he could focus on his ever growing DPE and flight training businesses. Prior to this, he flew a Hawker 800XP (HS125), a Sabreliner 65 (N265) and a Gulfstream GIV for eleven years for a local manufacturing company. Currently between pilot examinations, flight instruction and corporate flying, Steve flies over 700 hours per year and is extremely passionate about teaching all levels of flying. He makes learning an enjoyable experience and ensures his students are exceptionally well prepared for their checkride. He has accumulated over 9,500 hours of total flighttime.

Steve enjoys spending time with his fiancée Robin, his 10 grandchildren, raising Scottish Highland cattle on their farm, and riding his Harley.

Brian S. Fisher, AP, IA, Private Pilot ASEL

Brian graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1977 and proceeded to join the Navy in Janurary of 1978. Brian served aboard submarines as a Nuclear PowerPlant Machinist Mate until he was honorably discharged in October 1986.

Brian began working for Midwest Corporate Air in the spring of 1987 and received his Private Pilot License in Novemeber of that same year. Attending Columbus State Community College Brian obtained his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) License in Janurary 1990 and his Inspection Authorization (IA)in Janurary of 1993.

Brian has an extensive background in the repair and maintenance of Piper and Cessna single and twin engine aircraft and is a Diamond Aircraft Certified Maintenance Technician. Brian also has extensive experience in piston engine overhaul and repair, as well as light airframe repair and modification.

Brian enjoys golfing, bowling and computers. He is married to Lori Fisher, the Human Resource Manager for World Class Plastics, Inc.

Ben Gaertner: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI           Type Ratings: CL65

Ben Gaertner graduated from Hilliard High School near Columbus, Ohio in 1997.

After working several years running backhoes and pounding spikes for the railroad, he decided there must be a better way to make a living. Following his love of airplanes, Ben decided to make a career change and become a pilot.

Ben started his flight training in June of 2008 at MidwestCorporate Air and by June of 2009, he earned his AMEL Instructor (MEI) certificate.

Today Ben is full-time regional airline pilot where he flies the CRJ 900, 700 and 200 aircraft. He is also a part-time Flight Instructor for Midwest Corporate Air where he teaches all ratings from Private Pilot through Airline Transport Pilot.

Ben and his wife Jen live in Marysville, Ohio with their daughter Madelyn.


Matt Watkins

Matt is a 1979 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School and in 1981 studied electronics at ITT Tech. From 1981 through 1986 Matt was a chef for Capitol University and Wellington Private School in Upper Arlington.

From 1986 until 2000 Matt worked for AGC Automotive(formaly AP Technoglass) as a Quality Engineer. From 2000 to 2018 he had been the Quality Manager for World Class Plastics, Inc. and is now with Honda.

Matt is married to Becky and they have 4 children.

Here at Midwest Corporate Air Matt works weekends, helping at the front desk and providing line service. He also cleans our facility, our aircraft and performes grounds keeping.

Our other team members include:

Connor Dahn - Flight Instructor

Matt Bailey - Flight Instructor

Steven Wolf - Flight Instructor

Dustin Wickewrsham - Flight Instructor

Steve Erikson - Flight Instructor

Jenna James  - Office and Accounting

Jim Holycross - Line Service

Carson Whetzle - Line Service

Spenser Whetzle - Line Service