Mike Rhodes is the Chief Pilot at Air Tractor in Olney, Texas and manages all Production Flight Line and Flight Test Tasks as well as Experimental flight testing. He has been on staff at Air Tractor since 2001, beginning his professional career as a Project Engineer.
Mike came from a general aviation background. He grew up in Northwest George riding along as a backseat passenger in his father’s various airplanes, learned to fly as a 16 year old high school student and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Experience in ag aviation came early while washing, loading and helping out at a local Northwest Georgia ag aviation operator. Mike is a USDA/USDI interagency carded Fireboss and wheeled Single Engine Air Tanker Pilot with two years of fire industry experience. Flying professionally for over 20 years provided plenty career variations, but “stick and rudder general aviation has always been his passion.” Favorite pastime includes old tractors, old cars, old airplanes, hobby farming and college football. He resides in Archer County, Texas with a barn cat named Chuck Berry and six chicks.