Director at Large
The Aviation world, particularly aviation maintenance, has taught me much in my 40 years of military and civilian experience. It’s ever changing, ever challenging. You may see the same issue repeatedly, and might not correct it the same way every time. That’s the challenge. And with every new way of fixing, you add that to your knowledge bank, like a feather in your cap. It teaches you to think things through, to think outside the box.
Mike Lyons is currently an Aircraft Production-Controller in the 566th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Wing, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He controls the production workload for scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance/modifications that E-3 (AWACS), E-6 (TACAMO), C-130, KC-10, and the NASA Super Guppy aircraft undergo during their flow through Programmed Depot Maintenance. His experience allows him to interact with mechanics and engineers alike, to have input from both avenues, to implement a way forward when standard technical guidance is not available.
Mr. Lyons was born in Bourne, Massachusetts, schooled at worldwide locations as a military dependant, graduating in 1978 with Honors from Cordova Senior High School in Rancho Cordova, California. In 1980 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, beginning his military career, as a Strategic Air Command B-52G Crew Chief. He advanced rapidly through the military ranks while serving as B-52G Crew Chief, F-4E Crew Chief, E-3 B/C (AWACS) Crew Chief and Flight Chief, NCOIC of 552 Air Control Wing Maintenance Operations Center, and E-3 Flightline Production Superintendent. He culminated his 21-year military career serving as Lead Production Superintendant on the B-2 Stealth Bomber, 393rd Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force