Aviation Alumni

LeTourneau University has been producing aviation professionals for more than 50 years, and our alumni work for countless aviation companies and organizations around the world as pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, systems engineers and more.

Meet a few of the faces of LeTourneau Aviation

Joy Cooper

Graduated 2013
Dispatch Supervisor, Trans States Airlines

"I absolutely love my job and would not trade it for anything.

For those of you who are wondering, “What is the next step?” Don’t stop looking for ways to fulfill your dream! Take life one step at a time and never allow fear or doubt hinder you."

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Phillip Roberts

Graduated 2006
Manager of Systems Operation Control, 21 Air

"I went to LeTourneau to be a become an aviation professional. The education I received at LeTourneau prepared me to step into the dispatch world because of the problem solving and critical thinking skills that are such a vital part of the LeTourneau education experience. "

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Brad Hopkins

Graduated 2002
Missionary Pilot, Missions Aviation Fellowship

"The flying required in the jungles of Borneo is some of the most difficult flying in the world... The flying I do supports the Christian church, pastors, medical needs, community development and other needs of the interior people of Indonesia.

If MAF wasn’t in Borneo, people would have to walk weeks to get to a hospital—which would mean that many of the people I’ve flown just wouldn’t survive."

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Lt. Chris Nesset

Graduated 2001
Lieutenant, United States Navy

"While the flying that I do now is very different than the civilian flying I did at LETU, the flight experience I gained was useful for Primary Flight School.

My LETU flight time allowed me to receive "jet" grades out of Primary. Those are the grades required to fly the Navy's tactical jets such as the EA-6B and F/A-18A through G."

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Seth Buttner

Graduated 1994
Senior Accident Investigator for Airbus Helicopter

“What I gained at LeTourneau is not only the body of knowledge and the skill sets I need for my job, but the aptitude to accurately weigh the sequence of aircraft events that might support the basis for a cause.”

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From the Dean

Fred Ritchey

Dean, School of Aeronautical Science

"LETU aviation alumni are working around the globe as pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, leaders and more. They are God’s ambassadors, making a positive contribution in aviation workplaces around the world."


Where are they now?

Here are just a few of the businesses and organizations that have hired LETU grads.

  • American Airlines
  • American Eurocopter
  • Boeing
  • Cessna Aircraft Company
  • Covington Aircraft Engines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Dynamic Aviation
  • Envoy Air
  • ExpressJet Airlines
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Garmin
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • L3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • Textron
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America