Michael started flying lessons at the age of 15 years, and went solo at 16; before he could drive a car solo. He finished his private pilot licence at age 19.
Michael went on to do medical training, graduating in 2000. He has been a DAME since 2003. He is based in Albury, and is a rural procedural GP and delivers babies at the local Wodonga Hospital.
He has completed a commercial pilots licence, including twin and turbine endorsements, and has over 500 hours flight time over 30 years.
Michael teaches on advanced medical courses, such as EMST, ALSO and REOT, supervises Dip Obs trainees, and is an examiner for the Obstetric specialty college (RANZCOG).
He was Secretary of the Albury & District Aero Club for a few years, and is now a Director of the Uiver Memorial Community Trust, which is restoring a Douglas DC-2.
Michael is married, and has 5 children, and lives in Albury, NSW.