The Oder Family Flight Academy became reality because of a generous contribution to Faith Lutheran by J.D. and Melissa Oder and Katherine Oder, who wanted to honor the legacy of Katherine’s late husband and J.D.’s father, David Oder. In 1994, David founded Shift4, which grew to become the world’s largest independent payment gateway. He was considered a visionary and pioneer in the payments industry, and both his wife and children were highly involved in the success of Shift4 and have carried forth his entrepreneurial and forward-looking spirit.
That spirit for being on the leading edge inspired the Oders to capture the vision of what Faith could offer its students – an aviation program that provides both flight and aircraft maintenance training to prepare aspiring pilots and flight mechanics for a career in the airplane industry. Both J.D. and his parents have a love of aviation, and together wanted to use his knowledge and their combined resources to help bring this timely and important program into existence.
Faith Lutheran has partnered with 702-An Aviation Family to teach our Oder Flight Academy students. 702-An Aviation Family operates out of North Las Vegas Airport and – thanks to its fleet of airplanes, helicopters, maintenance facilities, and certified flight instructors and aircraft mechanics – has both the resources and experience to offer a well-rounded aviation education.