I was born in Nebraska and have lived in Oregon Alaska and Utah. Most of my childhood was spent in the north part of Orem Utah while it was only fields and orchards peppered with an occasional home. I served as a full time missionary for the LDS church in Huston Texas in the early 80s. After returning to Utah I began school at BYU. I also started working for SSI later renamed WorPerfect. I worked for 17 years as a software engineer and then started my own business. I am now a pilot and flight instructor working in Spanish Fork, Utah. In 1988 Lauren decide she would consent to be my wife and we married in the Manti temple. We have two boys Alex and Aaron . In 1999 I earned a BS from UVU in aviation and in 2007 a Masters from Grand Canyon in Education.

CFI, MEI, CFII, GYRO CFI, working on commercial helo.
Petaluma CA. USA
Sparrowhawk, B95, AC680, BE23, Calidus, MTO Sport, Cavalon, Vortex, Dominator, WindRyder, RAF2000
Total Flight Time
6000+ over 3000 hrs in gyro
Real Name
Michael Burton
Flight Instructor Gyro, COO Cierva Aero
Primary Airport
O69 Petaluma California


A well designed aircraft is important but no substitute for proper knowledge, attitude, and experience.

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Instructor and PRA event map
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