Associate Professor & Chief Instructor, Flight Science
Began teaching at LETU in Fall 1992
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.
- 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
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.