Advisory Committee

The LETU School of Aeronautical Science regularly collaborates with aviation professionals to ensure our programs maintain the standard of excellence and innovation our school is known for.

Many of these men and women got their start here; twenty out of twenty-three are LeTourneau alumni. Some have worked at one company, started in an entry level position, taken on increasing responsibilities, and now serve as executives. Some served with our country’s military as pilots (including flying Air Force 2), retired, and now fly as civilians. These aviation professionals fly, repair, design, investigate what went wrong in accident situations, and recruit for mission agencies. They manage airports, departments, and companies.

These industry experts bring years of real-world experience to help us hone our programs and curriculum, ensuring that our students graduate with degrees that meet and surpass industry standards.


 Systems Subcommittee

Joe Hampton

Airport Manager,
Wayne County Airport
High Power Aviation

Alumnus: 2010

Previously: Jetcrafters

 

Norm Kopesky

ODA Site Program Administrator,
Gulfstream Aerospace

Alumnus: 1978

 

Phil Olson

Owner,
AO Aviation, LLC

Alumnus: 1977

Previously: Electrical Engr. Supervisor at
Cessna Avionics

 

Luke Abbott

President,
Covington Aircraft Engines

 

Alumnus: 1992

Previously: Short-term Mission Pilot with MAF

 

Eldon Anderson

General Aviation OE
Account Manager,
Michelin Aircraft Tire

 

 

 

Christine Bowers

CMP Analyst,
Gulfstream Aerospace

 

 Alumna: 2008
 

Seth Buttner

Senior Accident Investigator,
American Eurocopter

 

Alumnus: 1994

Previously: Aircraft Accident Investigator, Cessna Aircraft
 

Larry Huntley

Logistics Support Manager,
EADS North America

 

Alumnus: 1978

Previously: Technical Support Manager at American Eurocopter
 

James Prater

Turbine Engines Services Manager,
Duncan Aviation

 

 Alumnus: 1994
 

Mike Bunn

Aviation Training,
JAARS

Alumnus: 1988

Flight Subcommittee

Joel Barker

Retired

 

Alumnus: 1981

Previously: Mission Helicopter Pilot & Mechanic, Helimission; FBO, Owner Operator FAR 141, 135, 145

Mike Bresnahan

Captain,
Virgin America
Alumnus: 1995

Todd DeGroot

First Officer,
FedEx Express

Alumnus: 1986

Previously: Lt. Col., US Air Force, RET

William "Dub" Splawn

Captain,
Southwest Airlines
Previously: US Air Force, RET
 

Jennifer Bartram

Captain,
Home Depot Aviation

 

Alumna: 1994

 

 

Chris Bena

First Officer,
Alaska Airlines

 

Alumnus: 1993

 

 

Aaron Lorson

Executive Vice President,
Dynamic Aviation

 

 Alumnus: 1998
 

Dan Lucas

Chief Pilot,
EAM Management

 

 Alumnus: 1989
 

Wendy Paver

Pilot,
Exxon Mobil

 

  Alumna: 1989
 

Mark Williams

Recruiter,
MAF

 

Air Traffic Control Subcommittee

 

Paul Diffenderfer

Project Team Manager,
MITRE/CAASD

 

Alumnus: 1978

Previously: FAA Air Traffic Controller (Retired)

 

Dan Gutwein

Senior Advisor to Director of Central Terminal Ops,
FAA

 

Alumnus: 1979
 

Jeff Kleinbeck

Support Specialist Minneapolis TRACON,
FAA

Alumnus: 1975
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