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Aircraft Maintenance Faculty

Michael Evans Aircraft Technology Instructor

Michael Evans

Aircraft Technology Instructor

(208) 232-8485

Professional Work Experience

  • Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – 43 years
  • Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic – 36 years
  • FAA Inspection Authorization – 32 years
  • Instructor, College of Technology AIRM Program – 4 years

Career Highlights

  • Destroyer sailor, US Navy
  • Jump pilot and skydiver, Zephyrhills (Z-hills), Florida
  • Jump pilot, skydiver, & maintenance technician, Sky Unlimited, Montana
  • Pilot and Director of Maintenance, Cascade Air Charter
  • Pilot, skydiver, and aircraft maintenance technician for airshow team
  • Pilot and aircraft maintenance technician for Aerial Banners, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Instructor, ISU’s Aircraft Technology Program

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

Mark Twain once wrote, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Well, here I am, nearly ready to retire, and I still have not worked a day in my life. From the first day that my dad put a pillow behind my back and wood blocks on the rudder pedals so I could fly, I knew aviation would be my life’s passion.

I have been incredibly blessed to have been involved with all facets of aviation. Whether it was sail planes, aerobatics, banner & glider towing, skydiving, or helicopters, you name it, I have done it.

Now I have been granted the opportunity to share my life’s experiences with others. As an instructor for ISU’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology Program, I am privileged to instruct others who have set their sights on becoming aircraft technicians. As the world of Aviation Technology continues to rapidly advance, I am excited to see graduates of the Aviation Technology Program enter the profession to advance it even further.

Michael Evans - left and  Otto van Benton standing in front of airplane after Airshow

This is a picture of me just prior to an event. Pilot on right, Otto van Benton, would fly over the crowd at 2,000 feet then go inverted. I would drop out of the front open cockpit, go to canopy, and deploy the American flag. Otto would then go to smoke and fly circles around me while the announcer played the Star Spangled Banner.

A Great way to open football, baseball, rodeo, etc. events.

Barry Everett Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor

Barry Everett Jr.

Aircraft Technology Instructor


Professional Work Experience

  • Worked as A&P and IA – 10 years
  • Owner/Aviation Maintenance Shop – 5 years
  • Director of Maintenance/Back country pilot – 2 years
  • Aerial photography pilot – 1 year

Career Highlights

  • Built a Navy N3N Biplane from the frame up
  • Teaching and instructing students and sharing the experiences I’ve had over the years

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

It’s tough to choose just one experience over another when you’re in Aviation. However, a few that come to mind are flying the N3N, flying a 206 into Sulfur Creek for the first time, and taking a plane that crashed and restoring it for the customer while watching him happily fly away. It has all been a great experience.