David Tesser

David Tesser

Instructor of Applied Aviation Science

(903) 233-4227

Began teaching at LETU in Fall 2014


I was raised by 2 terrific Godly parents who taught me the value of working hard, a good education and most of all a strong relationship with God. In high school I spent half of my school days at the airport where I began my passion for aviation. Through a chance encounter on a city bus in Des Moines, IA I ended up at LeTourneau in the Fall of 1992. The education that I received along with the relationships that were made in school stuck with me for years to come. After graduation I wasn't sure what God had for me or where I was supposed to go. During the following 19 years I worked in different jobs maintaining small to large aircraft in corporate, commercial, and private fields. I was able to gain experience on all parts of the aircraft and systems not knowing that God was preparing to bring me back to LeTourneau to share that knowledge. I enjoy teaching my classes but more than that I enjoy sharing my life and experiences with my students.

God has blessed me over the years with a wonderful wife Rachelle and 5 great kids that keep us busy. I enjoy seeing God's leading and knowing that he is in charge of every step of our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Classes Taught

  • Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies
  • Powerplant Electrical Systems
  • Transportation Category Aircraft
  • Cornerstones of Life and Learning

Education and Training

  • BS in Aviation Technology LeTourneau University 1995
  • MD80 General Familiarization (Engine Run qualified) TWA 1998
  • Boeing 737-200 General Familiarization (Engine Run and Taxi qualified) Access Air by Lloyd training 1999
  • Piper PA46-500TP Meridian General Piper Aircraft 2000
  • Bombardier CRJ200 General Familiarization Mesa Airlines 2000
  • Magnaflux Level II Ridgewater College
  • Painting Techniques DMACC
  • Pratt and Whitney PT6A Borescope

Work Experience

2012 - 2014 Director of Quality Assurance / Lead Technician
GAR-MRO Services
2000 - 2012 Team Leader / Service Manager / Chief Inspector
Des Moines Flying Service
1998 - 2000 Maintenance Representative
Access Air
1997 - 1998 Mechanic
Trans World Airlines

FAA Certificates

  • Airframe and Powerplant
  • Inspection Authorization
  • Commercial Pilot Single Engine Land with Instrument