McMahon Pilot and Past CFI at Skyhaven passed away at Wentworth-Douglas
Hospital Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The pilot community around Skyhaven Airport offers our deepest sympathies
to the family of Mike McMahon. Mike earned his pilot license and ratings
at Ossipee Valley Aviation here at Skyhaven and received his instrument
rating in 2003. He also became a very active instructor with Ossipee Valley
Aviation and later with Rochester Aviation. He also spent some time with
Southern Maine Aviation. One night I went to Southern Maine Aviation for
a night check ride in one of their Skyhawks and the instructor was Mike
McMahon. At the time, there was no FBO at Skyhaven. His love of aviation
also brought him to the Collings Foundation where he travelled the country
in a WWII aircraft as a co-pilot.
tribute to Mike, here's a few articles from the past from the Ossipee Valley
Aviation & Skyhaven Airport website. Goodbye Mike...
Does It Again! ~ Mar.
7, 04 - I recently read an article about a person who wrote about their
experience they had when they took a ride in the only existing B-24 WWII
aircraft still flying. Well, check out this picture of our very own Mike
McMahon sitting in the copilots seat of "the only B-24 WWII aircraft still
flying". (I wonder how
long it took for that grin to wear off!) CLICK
HERE MORE MORE PICTURES
Alton Bay Ice Airport ~Jan
30, 05 - What
a beautiful day to go flying, I said. Hey, why don't you tryout the ice
airport at Alton Bay Tony (OVA) said. Mike said I'll go with you!
How could I say no. Here's my chance to land at a sea plane airport with
wheels. At least that how it shows up on my sectional. Check it out
it's B18 on the sectional chart. While we were there, we met up with Tony
(another Tony) and his Cessna 170 that's been beautifully restore by Tony
with I'm sure many hours of dedicated work. I'll be posting more pictures
showing some of Tony's 170 and the Ice airport. In this picture, we're
on final for 01, taken by my copilot Mike.
THE ICE! ~ Feb.
3, 05 - Every flight is a new experience, and landing on the ice at Alton
Bay on Lake Winnapasaukee adds another dimension. Who knows, you might
see a beautifully restored Cessna 170. Here's Mike talking with Tony while
I take a few pictures of this sharp looking aircraft. In one of the pictures
the white dot is actually a snow machine coming down the bay. That's Tony
coming in on final. Incidentally, he did a 3 point landing and I think
he used 300 feet or maybe less. At any rate, it wasn't very much.
Pilot Evening Classes! ~ Dec.
7, 05 - Student Pilot evening classes are in full swing at Ossipee
Valley Aviation. Mike McMahon and his students are shown here during an
evening class. Here, the students get a chance to interact with fellow
to Mike McMahon (again)!
11, 06 - Mike tells me that he just received his instructors rating. "I
can't believe it, I'm a CFI!" Just a few years ago, Mike was standing on
the ramp waiting for his first flight lesson from Ossipee Valley Aviation.
With a lot of hard work and persistence, Mike has pushed through all the
obstacles and achieved many of his goals. Wondering if you'd like to take
flight lessons? No problem, come on down and I'm sure Mike would like to
help you out. Congratulations to Mike in his amazing journey to getting
his CFI and good luck with his flying accomplishments.
from Mike McMahon ~ April
5, 06 - Ok,
flying is supposed to be fun but some people seem to be able to go beyond
fun... how about aerobatic positive and negative G's in an L-39. That ought
to do it! What's next on Mike's menu of aircraft experiences... maybe a
by-plane? Stay tuned...
First Solo Flight ~ July
26, 06 - From
time to time you've noticed postings on our student pilots first
solo flight. But what really goes on at that event? Well our CFI's have
banded together and provided some great photos, taken by our CFI Boris,
of two of our recent solo flights. Kim Chisholm and Bob Howard are featured
in this depiction of "A Student Pilot's First Solo" presentation. Flying
is serious business, but it's also a lot of fun. Judging by the looks on
our students and CFI's faces it was definitely a memorable occasion. So,
to see first hand and share that solo experience, click on Kim and CFI
Mike McMahon and Bob Howard and CFI Bill Perry.
14, 06 -Here's
more orange stuff from the pumpkin patch. In addition to raising money
and food for charity at the Pumpkin Bombing Contest,
it looks like everyone had a good time. Included in this article are some
artifacts of the great event, not to mention some pics of an L-39. Maybe
one of these three happy pilots can tel us who was flying the L-39. (Click
on the three pilots to see some pics from Mike)
a B-17 ~
23, 06 - Here's some pics sent in by Mike McMahon of him
Foundation B-17. There's a bunch of organizations around the country
that are dedicated on preserving some of our WWII aircraft and the Collings
Foundation has some eye openers. According to Mike, the "Wings Of Freedom"
tour will be at Pease Int. Trade port Monday 9/25 to Wednesday 9/27
at Port City Air. Click HERE to see the "Wings
Of Freedom" tour when they landed here at Skyhaven.