‘It’s the best career,’ says Mike Wiskus, who has been performing airplane stunts for 26 years. Mike Wiskus strapped himself into the small aerobatic plane, waved to the control tower and sped straight up into the sky. Flipping and diving in the air, Wiskus is familiar with the thrill and excitement the small aircraft brings as it careens through the open sky. Wiskus has been flying stunt planes throughout the U.S. for 25 years. “I have an amazing job,” he said. “How cool is it that I get to do this every day?” Wiskus flies a Lucas Oil Pitts Plane and said stunts will include loops, rolls, hammerheads and other visually appealing tricks. Wiskus lives near Minneapolis. He was born in Iowa City and grew up in various cities throughout Iowa, including Tipton, Marion, Cedar Rapids and Mason City. His interest in planes started at age 10 when his father took him to his first air show. “They were breathtaking,” Wiskus said. ” I knew then that I wanted to be a pilot.” When he was 15, Wiskus began washing airplanes and cleaning airplane hangars in exchange for flying lessons.
Wiskus owns and operates an aircraft maintenance and refurbishing facility in the Minneapolis area, in addition to his Corporate Aircraft Management company where he manages several corporate flight departments. He also was a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and a member of the 2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team.
Now married and the father of four, he is enjoying the “amazing” career flying has brought him. “I look back and I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Wiskus said. “Can you believe people actually pay me to do this?”