Mike made his first skydive in the fall of 1983 while a student at UNI. He began taking pictures and video of tandem passengers from 1990 to 1992 while living and skydiving on the island of Guam in the South Pacific.
Returning to the states in the summer of ’92, Mike got his Static Line and Tandem instructors’ ratings. He was also a participant in a Montana state record 54 way formation skydive at the Lost Prairie Boogie in July of ’92. (Big Ways… been there, done that, got the t-shirt).
In 1993 he bought a Cessna 182 and for three years operated a small drop zone at a grass strip airport in Washburn, Iowa. (Mike will tell you very quickly how much he enjoys being an employee at Paradise skydives, appreciating how hard Jay works to keep things running smoothly.)
Mike obtained his Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) instructors rating in 1994 and in 1997, his Accelerated Freefall instructors rating and in 1998 USPA Pro Exhibition rating.
Somewhat interesting fact about Mike: from 1992 to 1995, Mike worked for an aircraft sales company as a computer programmer, accountant, and ferry pilot. During that time, he obtained commercial, multi-engine, instrument pilot ratings. He’s changed the title of his book from ‘Ferry Tales’ to ‘Yeah and we didn’t die then either’.
Mike currently works full time tech support at UNI and enjoys spending time with his wife and twin children, bicycling, tree farming, pond gardening, photography, and too many other things.