Richard Hellings

Richard Hellings

Instructor, Applied Aviation Sciences

(903) 233-4225

Began teaching at LETU in Fall 2015



I was born and raised in Southern New Jersey, the eldest of two boys. Raised in the church, I was saved after a Mother’s Day service where my mom gave her testimony. When I was eight, I attended a missions conference and felt the call the missions, aviation in particular. I attended a boarding school, Lancaster Mennonite High, before heading off to college, where I earned an Airframe and Powerplant license and various Pilot ratings.
I then fulfilled God’s calling and served with Missionary Aviation Repair Center in Alaska for eight wonderful years. As I worked with various interns and students on mission trips I felt my calling shift toward education. I am excited to be at LeTourneau educating young men and women who will be missionaries both vocationally and avocationally.


  • B.S. in Aviation Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


FAA Ratings

  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
  • Inspection Authorization
  • Single/Multi – Engine Commercial w/ Instrument


Previous Employment

2012 - 2015 Faculty
Everett Community College
2004 - 2012 Mechanic/Inspector
Missionary Aviation Repair Center
2001 - 2004 Instructor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2001 - 2004 Mechanic
Engine Repair Station, NX42404M 2001 to 2004


Professional Classes

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Aviation Non-destructive Testing and Technology – Bethune-Cookman College
  • Magnetic Particle Testing – Smart Associates, Inc.
  • Penetrant Testing – Smart Associates, Inc.
  • PT6 Heavy Maintenance – Standard Aero
  • PT6 Hot Section Inspection Training Course – Standar Aero
  • TapRoot Safety Course – Medallion Foundation, Inc.
  • Quest Kodiak 100 Initial Aircraft Maintenance – Spokane Turbine Center
  • Teledyne Continental Motors Factory School – Teledyne Continental Motors


Professional Associations

  • Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • University Aviation Association (UAA)
  • Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC)
  • Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA)
  • Academy of Model Aircraft (AMA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA)
  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)



  • Pedagogy, Technology, and Solutions for Professional Technical Programs - Washington State Assessing, Teaching, and Learning Conference
  • Technology in Aviation Maintenance Programs – Teaching and Learning Retreat