Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 20, 2013

Michael Ray Flint

Mineral Wells Index

— 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.

Michael Flint was a quiet, thoughtful and respectful person, with extraordinary intellectual capability and an insatiable curiosity about how to improve, by simplification, the application of technology. He dismissed recognition. He never gave an unconsidered answer to a question. He was one of the most intelligent and well-studied people around, and one of the very few that would answer, simply, “I don’t know,” when it was the appropriate answer. He took honesty and integrity to levels rarely seen anymore. He was selfless and rare, and everyone that knew him appreciated those characteristics.

With all of his accomplishments, he put together a one paragraph resume in 1981, followed in 2012 in ”Who’s Who's” 16th Edition, under their category of “Executive of the Year in Aviation Electronics Engineering,” under the subject of “Expanded Biography.” He inserted one line that simply stated: “Mr. Flint has been with the company since 2004.”

He enjoyed adventures, and was always ready for the next one. Mike believed that religion was about a relationship, and he had one.

Enjoy the ride, Mike, it will satisfy the ultimate human curiosity.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, father and his sister, Sharon Ann (Flint) Nelson. He is survived by three brothers: Gary Lynn Flint of Dumas, Randy Lee Flint of Defiance, Ohio, and Troy Curtis Flint of Paulding Co. Ohio, and cousins: Connie Jean (Stuart) Wilson, Tulsa, Okla.; Robert Prentice Wilson, Illinois; Janet Louise (Stuart) Penn, Daniel Owen Stuart, Thomas Alan Stuart, Amy Elizabeth Stuart, and Carrie Dawn (Wilson) Perron,  Matthew Owen Stuart; nieces and nephews: Gregory Flint, Christine Garza (Flint), Melissa Haba (Flint), Felicia Amber Flint, Kayla Diane Flint, Shannon Alexander, Chrystal Lane, Bradley James Nelson, Leslie Jane Nelson, Jeffrey David Penn, and Brian David Penn.

Mike specified cremation, with his ashes to be spread in the mountains of Colorado. A memorial get-together for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Cool City Avionics office at 6300 Columbia St., Mineral Wells Municipal Airport.