Patrick Scanlon is not your average shade tree mechanic turned flight school owner! When he could no longer deny his love for aviation he retired from a successful career as a construction operations manager and began flight instructing at Gnoss Field in 2002.
In 2005 he trained at the Cirrus factory in Duluth, MN and became a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) eventually earning Platinum status with Cirrus.
Then in 2006 Patrick took the same passion and drive that made him successful in the world of building construction and founded Scanlon Aviation, LLC.
After earning a Part 135 Air Carrier certificate from the FAA, in 2007 Patrick started doing air charter service with his first Cirrus SR22. It was up, up and away after that, and the next year Patrick took delivery of a second Cirrus that he began using for flight instruction and as a rental aircraft.
This successful progression and Patrick’s emphasis on the business and personal side of aviation attracted the attention of the Cirrus home office because shortly thereafter Scanlon Aviation was invited by Cirrus Design to become a Cirrus Standardized Training Center.
That led to Patrick hiring his first employee to start the Scanlon Aviation Team.
Unhappy with the maintenance he was able to find led him to open his own maintenance shop in 2010 and hire Ken Robbins to run it as Director of Maintenance; thus birthed the Scanlon Aviation Maintenance Facility.
Soon after the start of maintenance operations, Scanlon Aviation became a Authorized Cirrus Service Center and, as we say, “the rest is history,” of which we strive to make you a part!