"...not many pilots/poets can make you lose your earth bound ties and dream the sky born dream..." -- Book, October3, 1998
About the Author
Mixon finds poetry in the experience of flight--in both the aerobatic maneuvers that he executes in graceful, rhythmic, style in his small Citabria--tumbling in space "just for fun," and in the oneness that he feels with the sky and the ever-changing beauty of billowing clouds edged in sunlight or with the descending sun as it streaks the horizon in strands of gold and pastels.
His poetic discriptions of flight have been stirred, as well, by the nostalgia that many seasoned pilots feel for the legacy of aviation's pioneers, and by the combination of pride and fear that "come with the territory" in training students to master the art of flying.
Mixon earned his Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from Miami-Dade Community College in both Education and Aerospace. he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in Elementary Education. He earned his Masters Degree in Community Counseling. He has worked for the University of Florida as a Certified Family Life Educator in six prisons and two drug rehabilitation programs each week for over five years.
A native of South Florida, he has lived in New York, California and Louisiana. His pilot's ratings include Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor (Airplane and Instruments), Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-engine Sea and Land, Single Engine Land, and he has soloed sailplanes. He has over 20,000 hours of flight itime. His hobbies are sailing and flying aerobatics. He has been a farmer, court reporter, pilot, counselor, author of books and articles, school teacher, and writes a weekly newspaper column on family systems.
In aviation circles of South Florida, Mixon is known for his innovative approach to flight instruction in which he emphasizes the "feeling" one must have for being a part of the aircraft--in tune with its every nuance of sound and motion. He blends both the "feeling" and the technical must-know of safe, professional flight in an easy-to-read instruction manual, Broomstick Flying, which he authored in 1987. Mixon has been a Certified Flight Instructor since 1964 and had flown in aerobatic competition and airshows. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade Community College's Aviation Department. At the present time he runs a flight school specializing in aerobatics and primary flight instruction.