Laura
Laster

Phone: 903.233.4265
Email: LauraLaster@letu.edu

  • Director of Flight Operations

  • Chief Dispatch Instructor


Began working at LETU in Fall 2011

Background

Laura Laster is an experienced manager with a variety of passions: managing direct customer and student interaction, supervising pilots, dispatchers, student workers, and other employees. In her current role, she works directly with all aspects of flight training to anticipate and satisfy business requirements as part of LeTourneau University's College of Aviation. She is constantly focused on safe operations and in maintaining a cost-effective, smoothly-run flight operation. She provides flight instruction to students to maintain pilot currency. She also serves as the Chief Dispatch Instructor in LeTourneau University's 14 CFR Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher certification program, developing the course content and teaching students directly in this role.

Mrs. Laster previously worked in System Operations Control as part of a challenging 14 CFR Part 121 Supplemental charter operations environment at Dynamic Airways, a division of Dynamic Aviation. In her role with Dynamic Airways, she was instrumental in the certification process of a new air carrier operating MD-88 and B-767 jetliners. She is adept at System Operations Control setup, FAA ATOS compliance, FAA SAI self-audits, and in training and checking 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier dispatchers.

Mrs. Laster received a Bachelor of Science degree (2004) from LeTourneau University in Aeronautical Science and holds a Commercial Pilot certificate for both single and multi-engine aircraft along with a Flight Instructor certificate for single and multi-engine aircraft and instrument. In addition, she is a certificated Aircraft Dispatcher and an Advanced Ground Instructor. Mrs. Laster is a 2018-19 AAUW Career Development Grantee currently pursuing a Masters of Commercial Aviation degree at Delta State University. She is passionate about history and aviation and shares her research through her website, The Aviation Vault (www.theaviationvault.com).

Education

  • M.C.A. in Commercial Aviation, Delta State University (in progress)
  • B.S. in Aeronautical Science, LeTourneau University (2004)

 

Courses Taught

  • AEDP 4003 Aircraft Dispatch I
  • AEDP 4013 Aircraft Dispatch II
  • AERO 4123 Commercial Flight Operations
  • Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor flight training