Aircraft Maintenance Team Lead
Michael MacNaughton is the Aircraft Maintenance Team Lead for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.
Michael MacNaughton was born on January 6, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois. Mike lived in the city until 1998 when his family moved into the southwest suburbs where he resides to this day. He remembers deciding on aviation as a career at a very young age having originally wanted to become a Naval Aviator and fly the F-14 Tomcat. In high school MacNaughton considered becoming an aeronautical engineer but after much thought he set his sights on flying instead. He enrolled in Lewis University’s Flight Management program and earned his Private Pilot’s License (ASEL) before deciding that he was also interested in the maintenance side of flight and switching into the aviation maintenance program. Mike still loves flying but says that he is very happy to be working on airplanes today.
MacNaughton graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 maintenance program in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot (Airplane, Single Engine Land). Mike delivered pizzas to help pay for tuition and gas during college and was also active in community service with student organizations. He is an alumni of both Sigma Delta and the International Aviation fraternity Alpha Eta Rho. Currently Mike works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic for a regional airline and is the Maintenance Team Lead for Burlas Aviation Inc.’s The Hope 100 endurance flight.