He was born into an aviation business family, which founded Executive Flyers Aviation, one of the largest flying schools in the Northeastern United States in 1964. Michael's father Myron Goulian (also known as "Mike") was an FAA examiner. Michael grew up by washing airplanes and sweeping the hangar floor. He learned to fly before he could even drive a car and soloed a Cessna 150 on his 16th birthday in 1984.
He began his aerobatic training in 1985 during his pilot study. He then established an aerobatic school within Executive Flyers Aviation. While earning his living as a corporate airline pilot, Michael worked his way toward the top ranks of air show display flying and competition aerobatics and became US National Champion in the Advanced Category at the age of 22. In 1992, he was the top-ranked US male aerobatic pilot and Silver Medalist in the Unlimited Category, an achievement he repeated in 1993. In 1995, he became the US National Champion in the Unlimited Category. He was a member of the US Aerobatic Team in 1994, 1996 and 1998.
In 2006, Goulian was awarded the prestigious Art Scholl Memorial Award for airshow showmanship by the International Council of Airshows (ICAS).
Michael Goulian is co-author of a series of books Basic and Advanced Aerobatics published by McGraw Hill, which became the industry standard for aerobatic flight training manuals.
He is married to Karin Goulian since 2000, and enjoys skiing, playing ice hockey and golf. They have a daughter Emily, who was born in 2006.
Michael Goulian is known for having many sponsorships over his history. He is currently sponsored by Goodyear Tires and Whelen Engineering. Michael has also had sponsorships with Seat Cars, Reebok, Castrol Aviator, and ASB.TV