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 JLS Aviation, LLC

Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Tel: 540-903-7003 / Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mike began flying in 1969 in the Northwestern Michigan College aviation program in Traverse City, Michigan.  Aviation was (is) a passion, but not his college major.  So, when he received his private pilot certificate at age 19 he rented aircraft, but didn’t pursue additional ratings.  After college, he enjoyed a career in the US Army, joining flying clubs at nearly every place assigned.  He was able to complete his instrument rating at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and his commercial certificate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  After retiring from the Army, he decided it was time to buy the plane he had always wanted, and joined a partnership in a Cessna 210.  He then decided to use the remainder of his GI bill to get his multiengine rating.  Enjoying the flying at the Quantico Flying Club, he used up his GI bill while getting his flight instructor (CFI), instrument instructor (CFII), and multiengine instructor (MEI) ratings.  Understanding that one can never rest only on the knowledge attained, Mike decided to learn more and more about aviation and earned the following additional ratings: commercial seaplane ratings - single and multiengine, commercial glider, all four airplane Airline Transport Pilot  (single and multiengine land and sea).  A native of Michigan, Mike learned early on about the advantages of winter flying and avoiding ice.  As all good flight instructors do, Mike focuses on the joy of safe flying.  He is a Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) Lead for northern Virginia.  Additionally, he is the safety officer for the Mercy Medical Angels Bonanza Program.  Mike has worked with four people who approached him with a fear of flying.  Mike worked with all four; each now has overcome that fear and travel by air regularly.  He also teaches a “Pinch Hitter” course for those that routinely sit in the copilot seat of general aviation aircraft, but do not have rating.  This course helps non-pilots to better understand what is going on, and how to be helpful.  Mike currently owns two aircraft, a Cessna TTx and a Searey elite (seaplane).  He flies Angel Flight missions in his TTx as well as Mercy Medical Angels Bonanza.  He provides flight instruction Tuesday through Sunday at Shannon Airport.

“I love flying.  As with everything in life, there are risks.  Teaching someone to fly involves a culture of safety that uses good decision making to mitigate risk.  It’s never a bad decision to stay on the ground if conditions warrant.”