Connell Flying Service – Fixed Base Operator

For more than 20 years, Connell Flying Service, Inc. has served as the Fixed Base Operator at the Decorah Municipal Airport in Iowa. Led by Michael Connell, an award-winning aviator, Connell Flying Service is sought-after nationally for its FBO services. The company provides full-service fuel sales, maintenance, aircraft rental and flight instruction to customers nationwide.

Michael Connell, Airport Manager and Fixed Base Operator
Owner, Connell Flying Service, Inc.

Like his brothers and sisters, Mike Connell started his aviation career working in the family aviation business, Connell Aviation. He took his first solo flight at age 16. Now, more than 40 years later, Mike is a nationally-recognized leader and expert in aviation in America.

Mike has extensive training and certifications in both flying and maintenance and is a highly sought-after instructor and maintenance professional for clients multi-nationally.

Mike’s ratings include Commercial, Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor, DC-3 Type Rating, IA- Jet Type Rating, Airframe and Power Plant Certifications and Inspection Authorization.

Mike flew an air charter service for nearly 15 years, and then flew corporate turbo props and corporate jets. For the last 22 years, Mike has served as the Fixed Base Operator for the Decorah Municipal Airport in Iowa. He is also the owner of Connell Flying Service, Inc. Mike was recently inducted into the Iowa Aviation Museum as a “2nd Generation Pioneer.”

In 2014, Mike joined Connell Aviation Group as the Senior General Aviation Specialist. Connell Aviation Group is the only aviation and aerospace communications firm – led by aviators, for aviation professionals. Mike counsels the company, its clients and the industry on general aviation and flight instruction.

Mike’s vast expertise and reputation has been built on years of delivering high quality maintenance and skilled flying to his customers. As a professional hobby and pastime, Mike has restored award-winning aircraft.

Mike is most proud that his two children have followed in his aviation footsteps and worked in the industry he truly loves.


Connell Flying Service at Decorah Airport – Wings Above Iowa

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