Mike has over 30 years of aviation experience from dispatching, piloting, to aircraft management. Before becoming a professional pilot, Mike became an EMT in 1981 and a Paramedic in 1983. In 1985 Mike joined St Vincent Life Flight as a Communication specialist, and after several years was approached by the Regional Emergency Medical Service of Northwestern Ohio to become an Emergency Dispatch Instructor. Mike taught for the company until it was phased out by Lucas County EMS. He continued at St Vincent as a full time Communication Specialist until 1999 when he began his flying career with McMahon Helicopter Services.
Mike has additional experience outside of McMahon with several other helicopter companies flying many different mission types throughout his career, including: ENG (Electronic News Gathering), Cargo for the automotive industry, Film Productions, to Executive transports and Organ Procurement flights. He also has several years of management experience and has not only managed helicopter operations but also has experience in business class jet aircraft management.
At McMahon Mike has logged several thousand hours of flight time in helicopters ranging from the Bell 206BIII to the twin-engine Sikorsky S58T.