Dane Mickelsen headed to Ft. Rucker flight school

To train at as helicopter pilot

Dane Mickelsen, 21-year-old son of Brian Mickelsen, received official word Saturday that he has been accepted to attend helicopter flight school for the Army National Guard. Word came the same day that his father, Brian, died while running.

Dane's mother, Lin, said the whole family, including Brian, knew ahead of time that Dane had been chosen to attend the flight school at Ft. Rucker, Ala.

A 2004 graduate of Mingus Union High School, Mickelsen is a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. He will graduate in December with a degree in aeronautics and minors in helicopter flight, aviation weather, aviation safety and military science. Mickelsen is already a helicopter pilot with a flight instructor rating.

Once he graduates, he will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant He reports to flight school March 8.

He is currently rated to fly Robinson Helicopters, R22 and R24, but in the Army he will learn to fly the Blackhawk helicopter.

After the Army flight school, Mickelsen knows what kind of aeronautical work he wants to pursue. "I want to fly for EMS," he said.

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