Mike was born in Defiance, Ohio, on March 26, 1951, to Jane Ann (Deisler) and Bernard Ray Flint and passed way on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the home of friends Rose and Neal O’Bannon in Mineral Wells after a long illness.
Mike graduated from the University of Ohio in 1973 with a BS Degree in Electronic Engineering, and was an electronic design engineer with Rockwell Collins before joining S-Tec Corporation in early 1981. Michael served as a Flight Control System Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, Flight Test Engineer and Deputy Director of Engineering until 2004. Michael’s ingenuity in flight control system design and electronic hardware and software design led to many products that helped to create the current day success of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, including pioneer development in Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems.
As a result, in 2009, Michael was awarded special recognition as one of only six individuals selected for their significant contributions to the development of the Armed UAV Concept by a component of one of the US Intelligence Agencies in Washington, DC.
Later, building upon this early effort, the Armed UAS concept was used with great success in the war against terrorism.
In 2004, Michael joined a group of old friends in founding Cool City Electronics, Inc., where he served as a founding Board of Directors member and Vice President/Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the creation of a new line of modern flight control systems, the first ever designed to be certified for use in a wide variety of aircraft, with variants for application to large and small helicopters and large and small airplanes. Two of the systems that Mike managed the design of received FAA certification in early 2013, with four others due FAA certification later this year.
Mike was also VP Engineering for Cool City, Inc., where he designed suspension control systems and electronic body control modules for a revolutionary three-wheeled motorcycle and other transportation applications.