Southeastern News

Capt. Lloyd Sauls named Director of Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern

Capt. Lloyd Sauls

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT,
Okla. –
The Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University has a new director.

Capt. Lloyd
Sauls, who has 44 years of extensive aviation experience, was recently named to
the position. As director, he will oversee all aspects of the aviation program,
including academic programs and flight operations.

“The
Southeastern aviation program is one of the premier programs of its kind in the
nation,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “We are fortunate to have
someone with the experience and leadership skills of Capt. Sauls to guide our
program, which continues to grow.’’

Sauls holds
bachelor degrees in Behavioral Science and Basic Science from the United States
Air Force Academy. He spent 36 years (1980-2016) with Delta Airlines as an
international captain and served as chief pilot for the DFW base in the early
2000s.  For the past year, he served as a flight instructor for Southwest
Airlines.

Sauls is a
graduate of Durant High School.

Other experience
includes time as a pilot instructor at the United States Air Force and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Southeastern’s
aviation program has earned a reputation for excellence, while attracting 
students from all across the nation.

Since the
program’s inception in 1966, Southeastern has placed professional pilots
throughout the world.

Degrees are
offered in aviation-professional pilot, aviation management, and a master’s in
aerospace administration and logistics.

Program
locations include Durant, Rose State College, and Tinker Air Force Base.

Aviation Sciences Institute hosts open house for prospective students

Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.
Airline pilot Chris Ferguson of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association address the audience at Aviation Visitation Day.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted an Aviation
Open House for high school juniors and seniors on campus Friday.

           
Activities included campus tours, a tour of the Aviation Sciences Institute,
breakout sessions (Flight Simulator, Careers in Aviation, Admissions,
Scholarships and Financial Aid), and career information presentations.

A total of 79 students attended Friday’s event.

Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.
Dr. Kyle Stafford, vice president of advancement, welcomes students and parents to Friday’s event.

Southeastern hosts prospective students at Aviation Visitation Day

Airline pilot and Southeastern graduate Chris Ferguson addresses the crowd of high school students and their parents Friday at Aviation Visitation Day. Ferguson is a first officer with American Airlines and also president of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association.

Airline pilot and Southeastern graduate Chris Ferguson addresses the crowd of high school students and their parents Friday at Aviation Visitation Day. Ferguson is a first officer with American Airlines and also president of the Southeastern Aviation Alumni Association.

DURANT, Okla. – An impressive group of 70 high school students learned more about higher education and potential careers Friday as Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted Aviation Visitation Day.

The informational event attracted visitors from as far away as San Antonio and Houston, Texas, as well as Arkansas.

The day’s agenda included tours of the main campus, as well as of the Aviation Sciences Institute facilities. Students visited with faculty and staff members, learned more about aviation careers from airline pilots who were in attendance, and received information regarding admissions, financial aid and scholarships at Southeastern.

Students experience the flight simulator Friday afternoon.

Students experience the flight simulator Friday afternoon.

 

Southeastern’s Kyle Thomas once again earns prestigious flight certification

Kyle Thomas joined the Southeastern faculty in 1996.

DURANT, Okla. – Kyle Thomas of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been accredited as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) by Master Instructors LLC. This is the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.”

Thomas first earned this national professional accreditation in 2006, has held it continuously since that time, and is one of only 46 worldwide to earn the credential four times.

Thomas serves as Chief Flight Instructor and Assistant Professor at Southeastern’s Aviation Sciences Institute. He also is a coach for the University’s flight team.

To help put Thomas’ achievements in proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Masters, while Thomas is one of only nine Oklahoma aviation educators who has earned this prestigious “Master” title.

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.

Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own, and their students’. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.

Thomas earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern, and joined the faculty in 1996. He and his wife, Traci, who also earned two degrees at Southeastern, are the parents of two daughters, Allyson, 15, and Chloe, 8.