2018 AAHS scholarship winners

Jeremiah Coffer is currently attending Ozarka college, working towards an Associate in Science, professional Pilot Degree. Jeremiah plans to obtain his Private Pilot and instrument ratings and go on to pursue a Commercial License. His goal is to work at Ozarka College assisting as a A&P/IA with CFI CFII MEI in the Aviation Department. Jeremiah obtained an A&P through UACCB (Batesville, AR) / FSCJ (Jacksonville, FL)

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Brandon Muse is from Mountain View, AR.  He is the recipient of the 2018 General William Y. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Brandon is currently working toward an Associate of Science - Professional Pilot degree, as well as an Associate of Applied Science - Commercial Pilot degree.  Brandon obtained his Private Pilot License in August of 2018 and is currently pursuing his Instrument Rating.  He plans to start the Commercial-Multi Program in Spring 2019.  He plans to earn a CFI to build his hours and eventually fly for Fed-Ex.

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Simeon Sapp gained an interest in aviation thanks to his grandfather, who regularly took him flying. Simeon is a licensed private pilot close to receiving his instrument rating. He will graduate from Ozarka College in May 2019 with an A.A.S. Commercial Pilot degree and an A.S. Professional Pilot degree. Simeon plans to further pursue CFI and CFI - I certificates. He hopes to use his skills on the mission field, delivering medical supplies to remote locations around the world.

Bobby Johnson was born and raised in Hope, Arkansas. He is currently a Jr. Aviation student at Henderson State University with a Private License working toward his instrument rating. Bobby hopes to fly internationally and see the world.

 
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Caleb Huett was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas. His love for aviation began as a hobby with drones and remote controlled craft. He is in his second year at Ozarka College, working toward an AAS degree in Aviation-Commercial Pilot. Caleb is currently working on his instrument rating, and plans to work toward his Commercial Pilot’s license and multi engine rating as well. He is slated to graduate from Ozarka in Spring 2019. His long term goal is to be an ATP and fly for a major airline. 

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Nathanael Thelen grew up in Briggs, Texas. He currently holds a private pilot certificate, and is working toward his instrument rating, commercial license, and ATP. Nathanael will graduate from Henderson State University in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation. He plans to fly for a regional airline for several years and then consider major airlines or corporate aviation. He is a proud member of Alpha Eta Rho - Beta Beta fraternity. 

Jake Fisher is from Vilonia, Arkansas. He has been fascinated with aircraft as long as he can remember. Jake grew up going to airshows and enjoys watching the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform. He is a Junior at Henderson State and plans to join the Air Force after graduation. 

 
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Lexxy Scott became interested in aviation after skydiving with her father after graduating from High School in 2016. She graduated from Ozarka College in May 2018 with an AS - Professional Pilot degree and is currently pursing her Bachelor’s in Aviation as she works toward her Private Pilot’s license and Instrument Rating. She hopes to pursue a career in business aviation and perhaps even fly for the Blue Angels.

Cody Barbry was born and raised in Greenwood, Arkansas. He has always been drawn to aviation and has dreamed of learning to fly since childhood. Currently a Junior at Henderson State University, Cody is an officer for Alpha Eta Rho. He is pursuing a Professional Pilot degree and hopes to someday fly for Delta Airlines.

 
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Cody Gault graduated from Ozarka College with an associate's degree in professional piloting. He is current going through Ozarka's AAS Aviation Commercial Pilot Program, working toward his instrument rating. Cody would like to fly for the Arkansas Forestry Commission and perhaps Fedex in the future.

 

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historical society

SCHOLARS

A Glimpse into the Future of General Aviation
In The Natural State.

 
 

2017 Scholars

In 2017, The Arkansas Aviation Historical Society awarded 6 scholarships
to students attending Ozarka College and Henderson State University
as they pursue their careers in Aviation.

Auxilius Ambort

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Auxilius fell in love with aviation on a plane ride to Alaska with his family. Intrigued by the fact that his Grandfather was a pilot in WWII at the age of 17, Henderson State's Aviation Program caught his eye. In his Freshman year as a student pilot who took his first solo flight last October, he hopes to have his Private Pilot in January - with a longterm goal of flying for FedEx.

 

Simeon Sapp

Simeon was born in West Plains, Missouri, but has lived most of his life in and around Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Thanks to his grandfather, a notable pilot, he's always had a keen interest in aviation. By the end of next Fall, Simeon will have graduated from Ozarka College with an AS Aviation-Professional Pilot’s Degree and a Private Pilot certificate. Afterwards, he plans to get his instrument rating and a commercial license. His goal is to ultimately serve the global community by working as a pilot in the mission field.

Brandon Muse

Brandon is from Mountain View. He is currently attending Ozarka College, working toward an Associate in Science, Professional Pilot Degree. Brandon plans to obtain his Private Pilot and Instrument Ratings and go on to pursue a Commercial License. His goal is to work as an ATP.

 

Clay Mosley

Clay lives in Melbourne, Arkansas. He will graduate from Ozarka College in May and plans to attend Henderson State University in the Fall to obtain his Bachelors Degree as a Professional Pilot. Clay's goal is to become a professional pilot.

Seth Ambort

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Seth currently lives in Haskell, Arkansas, on his family's farm. He's a Freshman at Henderson State University with 25 flight hours majoring in Aviation on the Professional Pilot Track. Seth hopes to earn all his certificates at Henderson State, finishing an ATP certificate.

 

 

Zach White

Zach was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He credits his father for having taken him to air shows, aviation museums, and assembly of model aircraft for his passion for aviation. Zach has always dreamed of becoming a pilot, and is now attending Henderson State University in pursuit of a Professional Pilot Degree. He is a member of the Alpha Eta Rho chapter at Henderson.

 

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henderson state university
department of aviation

Henderson's Department of Aviation is Arkansas' only university program offering a four-year Bachelor of Science degree specifically in aviation.  The aviation program is designed to allow a student to qualify for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates and also complete requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree.  Flight training is offered to qualify for the following certificates and ratings:  Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multiengine Rating, Flight Instructor Certificate, Instrument Instructor Rating, and Multiengine Instructor Rating. Henderson State University is approved by the FAA to certify its qualified students for the Restricted ATP Certificate at 1,000 flight hours.

Flight instruction

Henderson State University conducts flight training from the Arkadelphia Municipal Airport (M89). Henderson operates the airport's fixed base operation and offers flight instruction, rentals, pilot supplies and fuel services.

Contact

Department of Aviation
HSU Box 7611
870-230-5012 phone
870-230-5005 fax

Flight Training Information 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
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NEW Aviation Mentorship Program

Utilizing experienced faculty, flight instructors, and 17 aircraft, our goal is to provide students the training and education necessary to prepare them for a career in the professional aviation industry, and in the safest environment possible.  Our department offers courses and degree tracks to for students that want to fly for the airlines or for a corporate flight department or manage the fleet they fly and the airports they serve. If you have any, please e-mail us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Aviation Courses

A comprehensive list of Henderson State's Aviation Courses can be found HERE.

Professional Pilot

Henderson State University's professional pilot program contains in-classroom coursework as well as flight training. The cost for in-class courses and flight training is the same as the university's normal tuition and fees. However, there are additional fees that accompany flight training to pay for fuel and other costs associated with these classes. A student who is dedicated to completing the flight training recommended by the Federal Aviation Association - and in the time period recommended - should plan to spend an additional $50,000 for this portion of the training. 

 

 
 
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ozarka college aviation

Ozarka College offers an Associate of Science in Professional Pilot - Aviation. This program puts students on the fast-track to becoming commercial pilots. While at Ozarka, students will complete all the required skills to earn a Private Pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land (ASEL) rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Through a partnership with Henderson State University, students can complete the additional advanced training necessary to launch their aviation careers. Students will only need to complete sixty (60) additional credit hours at Henderson State University for a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot.

In addition to admission requirements, student must meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements.
Students must be at least 16 years of age; read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or nationality. Citizens or nationals of countries other than the United States are required to receive authorization from the TSA prior to commencing flight training.

 

Philosophy

The Associate of Science in Aviation-Professional Pilot provides the first steps into aviation for those students who look forward to becoming commercial pilots and to completing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university. In addition to completing rigorous general education requirements, students learn to fly single-engine aircraft and qualify to take the federal knowledge test and practical exam. This degree will serve as the foundation for advanced flight certification offerings as well as provide seamless transfer degree opportunities to four-year institutions.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Aviation-Professional Pilot Degree, the graduate will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of aircraft control during both dual and solo flight operations

  • Pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot - Airplane (PAR) knowledge test

  • Pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot - Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) practical test 

  • Earn a Private pilot certificate with Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) rating from the FAA

 

More about programs and degree requirements HERE

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Professional Pilot

Henderson State University's professional pilot program contains in-classroom coursework as well as flight training. The cost for in-class courses and flight training is the same as the university's normal tuition and fees. However, there are additional fees that accompany flight training to pay for fuel and other costs associated with these classes. A student who is dedicated to completing the flight training recommended by the Federal Aviation Association - and in the time period recommended - should plan to spend an additional $50,000 for this portion of the training. 

 

 

2o16 scholars

 Abigail Shackelford

Abigail Shackelford

Abigail Shackelford is originally from Smithville, Arkansas, where she lives with her family on a small farm. Currently attending Ozarka College with a major in Aviation Science, Abigail is pursuing an Associate’s of Science degree and her Private Pilot license. After graduation in December, she plans to transfer to The College of Missionary Aviation in Jacksonville, Florida, to train for a future as a missionary pilot, flying supplies to missionaries and charitable organizations in remote areas of the world.

 Patrick Jiminez

Patrick Jiminez

Patrick Jimenez was born and raised in Russellville. He is a senior Aviation major at Henderson State University. Currently a private pilot with an instrument rating, he is working on his commercial license. Patrick serves as the Vice President for the Alpha Eta Rho, fraternity at HSU, and has an 18 month old son named Raiden.

The 2016 Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Scholars

Each year the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society funds several college scholarships
for the purpose of encouraging young people to pursue their careers in aviation.
In 2016, four scholarships were awarded at $3,000 each. 

 Kerrick Hartman

Kerrick Hartman

Kerrick Hartman is attending Henderson State University and pursuing a Professional Pilot Degree. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he moved to Arkansas at age 4 and lives in Stuttgart, Arkansas. After developing a fascination with Ag Pilots as a young man, Kerrick fell in love with aviation. He hopes to become an ATP Pilot. 

 Austin Nufer

Austin Nufer

Austin Nufer lives in in Russellville. Long story short, he's been tremendously influenced by Jim Stamps (a 2004 inductee into the Hall of Fame). When Austin learned about programs at Henderson State University offering a four year Professional Pilot Degree he knew that was the place for him. While attending Henderson State University he has gained his Private Pilot, and Instrument ratings. Austin plans to finish his Commercial License and work as a CFI.

 

 

2015 scholars

 Jared Michael Coleman - 2015 Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Scholar

Jared Michael Coleman - 2015 Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Scholar

 Robert Zachary Nix - 2015 Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Scholar

Robert Zachary Nix - 2015 Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Scholar

2015 Scholarship Awards

In 2015, the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society awarded 2 scholarships totaling $4,000 to two students pursuing careers in Aviation. Jared Coleman and Robert Nix received their scholarship awards at the Society's annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception at the CALS Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock's historic Rivermarket District. We are excited to follow the careers of these young men as they take flight.