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After 20 years in the U.S. Air Force working on airplanes, Walter Mangon started Mangon Aircraft out of the back of his van. Still living at Hamilton Air Force base and working there during the day, he would spend his evenings fixing planes at the San Rafael Airport. After finally retiring, he opened a shop at the San Rafael Airport. He stayed there for 21 years building his business and grow his family. He had a son, Ron, with wife June. As Ron grew up he followed in his father's footsteps with his love of aviation. He started working on airplanes as soon as he was able to hold a wrench. Ron and Walt continued to grow their business, eventually moving it to Petaluma.

In 2008 Ron was honored make the business a Piper Authorized Service Center. While still working on all types of aircraft, representing Piper Aircraft and being able to expand our knowledge has been a joy for all our mechanics. 

After just over 50 years in business its a Mangon family joy to have had three generations working together. Today, both of Ron's children, David and Danielle, work along side him. However, being a family business is not just about the three generations. It's the long time, beloved employees that have created our hard working team and keep our passion for working on airplanes going. 

The Team 

With over 50 years of being in business and a collection of mechanics from all different backgrounds Mangon Aircraft is well rounded in aviation!

We may be a Piper Service Center, but that doesn't mean that's all we work on. We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of most all general aviation aircraft. 

With each employee coming with their own aviation background, we have very diverse knowledge of different airplanes. We keep thousands of parts in stock for a quicker turn around time on your airplane.  Our manuals are always the newest versions, so nothing is out of date when we're working on what you and your loved ones are flying around in. We use top of the line maintenance tracking software to keep accurate records of the work we've done. And our employees have been trained to work on aircraft per the FAA standards, and most are even sent to school for specialty work. 

Just a few of the things we do:

Annual, Pre-buy, rigging (Michael's favorite), Prop Balance, we do it all. Even fill your portable oxygen bottle!

(we could list everything, but we would be here a while.)

Ron Mangon

President / Chief Executive Officer

Airframe and Power Plant Technician

Inspector Authorization

Private Pilot Single and Multi-Engine Land


Between being raised on an Airforce base and being taken to airplane jobs with Walter when he was five, Ron was destined to be in the aviation business. Its not just a job, but a true passion for him. Ron never stops trying to further his education, which is proven with his over 20 schooling certificates and awards. 

Michael Tillman

Director of Maintenance

Airframe and Powerplant Technician

Inspector Authorization

Private Pilot


After graduating from Sierra Acadamy in 1992 and working for a few different maintenance shops Michael came to Mangon Aircraft and has been here for over 10 years. His passion for airplanes and dedication makes him a great director of maintenance. 

Phil Stedman

Parts Manager

Airframe and Powerplant Technician

Master Parts finder

Trimming the Fur

Nick Cota 

Aircraft Mechanic 

Quit his union job to become an A&P. He's committed. 

David Mangon

Mechanic/Safety Manager

Airframe and Powerplant Technician


PA - 46 expert

Nicknamed Eagle eyes for finding cracks in anything

Does a little of everything, including babysitting

Luke Mcnamee

Aircraft Mechanic

Working towards A&P?

Does what he's told most of the time

Cute Puppy

Dan Sheridan


Airframe and Powerplant technician

Pretty nice guy...

Danielle Kertz

Answers the phones... sometimes... when she's not working at the flight school. 

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