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Member Profile: Hansen Air Group


Hansen Air Group was formed by Jon Hansen as a distributor for light sport aircraft. Jon’s goal was to make flying fun and affordable again. He recognized early on the enormous potential of the Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft initiatives to fulfill this goal. He has been on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee, which is responsible for drafting the standards for Light Sport Aircraft, for almost a decade. Jon’s main goal as a committee member is to keep flying available and affordable for everyone.

In keeping with Jon’s goal, Hansen Air Group is in a partnership with Able Flight to provide flight training to persons with disabilities and wounded warriors. Two of the aircraft Hansen Air Group represents are available with hand controls as a factory option. To learn more about Able Flight please visit


Jon Hansen, Chief Executive Officer

Jon started flying in 1948. While attending San Bernardino Valley College he worked at various aviation jobs including fire-bombing, crop dusting, and Martin School of Aviation (MSA). While working for MSA at Orange County Airport, renamed John Wayne Airport, he helped build the Spirit of St. Louis replicas used in the 1957 aviation classic, Spirit of St. Louis, starring Jimmy Stewart. After college he joined the Navy where he flew S-2F Trackers off the carrier USS Bennington accumulating over 250 carrier landings. After the Navy, Jon started flying for Delta Airlines and retired with over 30,000 hours and type ratings in aircraft ranging from the DC-3 to the Lockheed L1011. Jon has been an aircraft owner continuously since he was 15 years old. His first airplane was a 1940 Piper J-4 he restored with his brother Ron. He currently owns a Cherokee Six, a Sky Arrow, and another home-built.

Mike Hansen, Chief Operating Officer

Mike started taking flying lessons with his grandfather when he was 13. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1982. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. He spent two years with the DOD working on an aerospace development program before joining the Air Force. Mike served in the Air Force and active reserve for 12-1/2 years. Now with an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating and over 10,000 hours he is an active commercial airline pilot. He has flown over 20 different types of aircraft ranging from Aeronca Champs and Cessna 310s to B-52s and L1011s. He currently owns a Luscombe 8A.


Mitch Hansen, Chief Technical Officer

Mitch started flying when he was 13. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1981. He attended Southern Polytechnic State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He was on active duty in the Air Force for 12-1/2 years. While with the Air Force Mitch was a B-52 Instructor/Evaluator pilot and T-34 Instructor/Pilot. Mitch went to work for a major U.S. airline after the Air Force. He has over 11,000 hours and is a Single Engine Commercial (SEC) pilot, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII), and ATP. He holds type ratings in the Boeing 757/767 and AirBus A319/320. He and his brother Mike are restoring a Stearman identical to the one their grandfather owned.

Ron Hansen, President

Ron worked at the Martin School of Aviation. He attended San Bernardino Valley College and then joined the Navy where he flew S-2F Trackers and TA-4 Skyhawks. Ron was with Pan American for 25 years from 1964 until they went out of business. He then flew for American International until mandatory retirement at age 60. He holds type ratings in all Boeing airliners up through the 747 and L1011. He currently owns a Piper J-5 and a RANS home-built.

Light Aviation Edition February 2009

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