Meet Michael Menon

Airport Safety & Operations Program Manager
Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Aeronautics
Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue

Michael Menon joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) in February 2018 as the Airport Safety & Operations Program Manager. He is responsible for promoting and helping Wisconsin’s airports operate safely. His duties include helping airports develop wildlife hazard management plans, helping airports develop emergency and security plans, and managing the BOA’s support of the State’s automated weather observation system (AWOS) and pilot weather briefing programs. In addition, he processes airport site approvals and works as a liaison between local sponsors and state and federal agencies.

Michael earned his bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 2000. He worked in aviation for over 19 years before joining the BOA. His experience includes working in the airline industry, aircraft rescue and firefighting, FBO line service, and airport operations at airports in Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa. Most recently, Michael was the Airport Operations & Security Manager at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Glynn County, Georgia.

Michael is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and graduated from the Georgia Fire Academy as a certified structural and airport firefighter. While working at Dubuque Regional Airport, Michael and his wife would travel to Madison almost every weekend and they are very happy to be living in the area.

In addition to his aviation experience, Michael has spent time working in the horticulture industry at a wholesale plant nursery and owning his own landscaping business. He also spent many years working for one of the University of Georgia’s study abroad programs and traveled to Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand as a teaching assistant for the school’s summer programs. This led to a life-altering development… Michael and his wife were married in New Zealand!

In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, bicycling, traveling, exploring new places on his motorcycle, wood turning, and watching Georgia Bulldog football games. He has been married to his wife, Mary, a school psychologist, for 10 years and they have four dogs. Michael currently lives in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin and is enjoying his proximity to the Military Ridge Trail and Blue Mound State Park.

Michael is excited about the opportunity to work with the State’s many airports and looks forward to the new challenges at BOA. You can contact Michael Menon at (608) 267-5272 or at michael.menon@dot.wi.gov.

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