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Bruce Chase

Title: Associate Professor, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Flight Science

E-mail: BruceChase@letu.edu 

Began teaching at LETU in Fall 1992

Background

My parents were missionaries, so I grew up overseas. Nine years of my childhood were spent in Seoul, Korea, and four years in Manila, Philippines. I graduated from high school from Owatonna Christian Schools in Owatonna, Minnesota. After high school, I attended LeTourneau University, where I majored in aviation technology. I have been flight instructing since 1992 and have given over 7,000 hours of flight instruction. 

Education and Training

  • M.S. Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2005
  • B.S. Aviation Technology, LeTourneau University, 1992

Awards, Grants, and Certifications

  • In 2011, I received a faculty development grant to investigate the use of cockpit video recording as an educational tool.
  • n the fall of 2009, I received a faculty development grant to attend an Aviation Accident Investigation course conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • In the fall of 2007, I was awarded a faculty improvement grant to attend a National Business Aircraft Association Safety Systems.
  • In the fall of 2005, I was awarded a faculty improvement grant to attend a National Transportation Safety Board course on fatigue in accident investigation.
  • FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Airplane Single engine, Multiengine, and Instrument.
  • FAA Certificated Commercial Pilot, Single and Multiengine Land.
  • FAA Certificated Ground Instructor, Advanced & Instrument.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificated Mechanic, Airframe & Powerplant Rating.

Research and Research Interests

  • A colleague and I are evaluating the use of cockpit video recording as part of flight training.
  • I am part of a team investigating initial pilot training in tailwheel airplanes.
  • I conducted a pilot study into the transition from glass to traditional cockpits, 2007.
  • I investigated the transition to glass cockpits, spring 2006.
  • I researched the use of GPA as a predictor of pilot success, summer 2005.

Presentations

  • Co-presented The First 1,000 Hours: The Educators' Response at the Aviation Accreditation Board International Conference, winter 2009.
  • Co-presented Business Turbulence: Keeping your Flight Training Program on Course at the UAA Education Conference, fall 2008.
  • Co-presented Moving FITS from Theory to the Flightline workshop with Paul Craig, 2007.
  • Presented A Pilot Study of Instrument Pilot Transitions from Electronic to Mechanical Flight Displays at the UAA research round table, 2007.
  • LeTourneau University FITS status report at the Middle Tennessee State University FITS Summit, 2007.
  • FAA / Industry Training Standards (FITS) presentation to Missionary Aviation Summit, 2006.
  • "Use of Flight Simulators in Private Training" to the University Aviation Association, 2003.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

Conferences and Meetings Attended

  • University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference
  • Human Factors and Safety Management Systems Seminar
  • University Aviation Association FITS Train-the-Trainer
  • Flight Data Management symposium

Professional Growth Activities

  • NTSB Introduction to Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, 2009.
  • Diamond Aircraft DA42-L360 Factory Training, 2009.
  • Diamond Aircraft DA42 Factory Training, 2007
  • LeTourneau University FITness Train-the-Trainers, 2007.
  • Leadership LeTourneau, 2006.
  • LeTourneau University FITness Academy, 2006.
  • LeTourneau grant writing course given by Dr. Gonzalez, 2006.
  • Cessna FITS Approved Instructor training, 2006.
  • NTSB course on Fatigue in Accident Investigation, 2005.

Service (Community Involvement)

  • Scoutmaster Troop 252 
  • FAA appointed Aviation Safety Counselor
  • FAA Safety Team Representative
  • Safety officer for the Flight Department, 2004-Present

Personal Statement

To my students,
I pledge that I will give you my best effort as your flight instructor by:

  • Modeling a proactive, safety-conscious approach to aviation.
  • Preparing for each and every lesson with you.
  • Holding you to the standards of performance set forth by the FAA while encouraging you to perform to the best of your ability.
  • Providing you with an honest assessment of your progress and performance.
  • Reading one new book each year that will help me improve as a teacher.
  • Reviewing at least one flight publication each year to keep current.
  • Practicing maneuvers on my own time so that I can demonstrate them properly and to standards.
  • Encouraging you to pursue excellence in your life, especially in the area of aviation.

In all I do, I will work with all my might, for this is my act of service to my King.

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