My name is Mike Flagella and I have been active in aviation for over 20 years. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast, I am passionate about sharing the wonders and experience of flight with others, and inspiring them to participate in general aviation. I launched Mike’s AeroClassics with the intent of preserving, restoring and flying America’s timeless aircraft.
I got my first thrilling ride in the mighty Cessna C-150 and was officially hooked with the excitement of flying, prospects for travel and that view! Afterwards, I was always looking skyward. Da Vinci was right: I had been there and I longed to return. Just ten short years later, with my flight training only interrupted by college and graduate school (I have BS and PhD degrees, both in molecular biology, and a background as a scientist in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry), I finally received my private pilot’s license.
I soon earned my tailwheel and high-performance endorsements, and after many hours of practicing the aerobatic lessons of Duane Cole’s Roll Around a Point, purchased a beautiful, already-flying Steen Skybolt (the inspiration for my logo!), which further opened my eyes to the worlds of experimental aircraft & aviation maintenance. I’ve been a member of EAA and AOPA for almost as long as I’ve been flying. I’ve always loved learning how things are built and how they work, and I have enjoyed the multitude of tasks required to keep the Skybolt airworthy.
In 2011, I decided that it was time to hang up the proverbial lab coat and pursue aviation full-time. Besides maintaining my own airplane, I started assisting experienced A&P/IA mechanics with their maintenance and inspections. These mentors provided invaluable training on everything from Champs to T-34s. While working part-time at Livermore airport, I attended EAA SportAir Workshops, welding and metalworking classes, and a local Part 147 school to round out my training. I earned my Airframe and Powerplant certifications in 2014 and shortly thereafter, Mike’s was born.
My goal is to make you as p.r.o.u.d. of your aircraft as I am to work on it, and I look forward to the day when Mike’s can help you safely “slip the surly bonds” and enjoy our beautiful blue skies once again.
See you around the patch!