THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019 McMinnville Municipal Airport
Like many pilots, Mike Wiskus' passion for aviation began when he was young. His dad took him to his first air show in their hometown in Iowa when he was just 10. That show made an impression so deep that, at 14, Mike rode his bike to the nearby airport for two weeks straight to bug the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars – just to be around airplanes.
In school, Mike's grades weren't great and he found his way into trouble more often than not. In fact, a teacher once told him he would never be a pilot. He received the book "The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper which changed his attitude and helped Mike believe in himself.
He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his Pilot's License on his 17th birthday. Nearly four decades later, Mike has accumulated more than 24,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft. He keeps a very busy schedule flying for corporate America and keeping a full-time air show schedule flying the Lucas Oil Pitts S-1-11b stunt plane April through November.
Mike wants to pass on the same gift of encouragement and attitude that had been given to him by his parents, grandparents, 2nd grade tutor and all who believe in him and the dreams he continues to chase.
This led Mike to start the "I Can" program in conjunction with his air show performances. His air show career is proof that dreams can come true.