Profile Photo: Bruce Chase, M.A.S.

Chase, M.A.S.

Phone: 903.233.4263

  • Chair, Department of Flight Science

  • Professor, Flight Science

Began teaching at LETU in Fall 1992


The son of missionaries, I grew up overseas. Nine years of my childhood were spent in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and four years in Manila, Philippines. After graduation from high school from Owatonna Christian Schools in Owatonna, Minnesota, I attended LeTourneau University, where I majored in aviation technology. I have been flight instructing since 1992 and have given over 8,000 hours of flight instruction.


  • M.A.S. Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2005
  • B.S. Aviation Technology, LeTourneau University, 1992


  • 2011, received a faculty development grant to investigate the use of cockpit video recording as an educational tool.
  • 2009, received a faculty development grant to attend an Aviation Accident Investigation course conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • 2007, awarded a faculty improvement grant to attend a National Business Aircraft Association Safety Systems.
  • 2005, awarded a faculty improvement grant to attend a National Transportation Safety Board course on fatigue in accident investigation.
  • FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Airplane Single engine, Multiengine, and Instrument.
  • FAA Certificated Airline Transport Pilot Multiengine Land and Commercial Pilot Single engine Land.
  • FAA Certificated Ground Instructor, Advanced & Instrument.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificated Mechanic, Airframe & Powerplant Rating.


  • A colleague and I are evaluating the use of cockpit video recording as part of flight training.
  • I am part of a team investigating initial pilot training in tailwheel airplanes.
  • I conducted a pilot study into the transition from glass to traditional cockpits, 2007.
  • I investigated the transition to glass cockpits, spring 2006.
  • I researched the use of GPA as a predictor of pilot success, summer 2005.


  • Co-presented The First 1,000 Hours: The Educators' Response at the Aviation Accreditation Board International Conference, winter 2009.
  • Co-presented Business Turbulence: Keeping your Flight Training Program on Course at the UAA Education Conference, fall 2008.
  • Co-presented Moving FITS from Theory to the Flightline workshop with Paul Craig, 2007.
  • Presented A Pilot Study of Instrument Pilot Transitions from Electronic to Mechanical Flight Displays at the UAA research round table, 2007.
  • LeTourneau University FITS status report at the Middle Tennessee State University FITS Summit, 2007.
  • FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) presentation to Missionary Aviation Summit, 2006.
  • Presented "Use of Flight Simulators in Private Training" to the University Aviation Association, 2003.



  • University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference
  • Human Factors and Safety Management Systems Seminar
  • University Aviation Association FITS Train-the-Trainer
  • Flight Data Management symposium


  • NTSB Introduction to Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, 2009.
  • Diamond Aircraft DA42-L360 Factory Training, 2009.
  • Diamond Aircraft DA42 Factory Training, 2007
  • LeTourneau University FITness Train-the-Trainers, 2007.
  • Leadership LeTourneau, 2006.
  • LeTourneau University FITness Academy, 2006.
  • LeTourneau grant writing course given by Dr. Gonzalez, 2006.
  • Cessna FITS Approved Instructor training, 2006.
  • NTSB course on Fatigue in Accident Investigation, 2005.


  • Life Group Leader, Fellowship Bible Church 2018 to present
  • Safety officer for the Flight Department, 2004-2015


To my students,
I pledge that I will give you my best effort as your flight instructor by:

  • Modeling a proactive, safety-conscious approach to aviation.
  • Preparing for each and every lesson with you.
  • Holding you to the standards of performance set forth by the FAA while encouraging you to perform to the best of your ability.
  • Providing you with an honest assessment of your progress and performance.
  • Reading one new book each year that will help me improve as a teacher.
  • Reviewing at least one flight publication each year to keep current.
  • Practicing maneuvers on my own time so that I can demonstrate them properly and to standards.
  • Encouraging you to pursue excellence in your life, especially in the area of aviation.

In all I do, I will work with all my might, for this is my act of service to my King.