The Oder Family Flight Academy at Faith Lutheran

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.

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  • Certifications

    Students are prepared for knowledge exams towards FAA drone pilot, private pilot, instrument rating, and commercial pilot certifications. Students can then pursue flight time outside of Faith Lutheran to complete flight training.
  • Endorsement

    Faith Lutheran High School offers FLIGHT Academy Endorsements for both manned and unmanned aircraft that are added to a student’s transcript upon completion. The endorsement, as well as FAA certifications, offer students a competitive advantage as they apply to elite programs.
  • Opportunities

    FLIGHT Academy requirements include four offerings of specialized flight courses. These courses include simulators and prepare students to take the FAA written and FAA oral (checkride) exams. Academy students are involved in the school’s Flight Club which includes field trips, outside speakers, and aviation specific services and activities.

News & Events

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    Kenneth Lozich

    Logan Hesselgesser, Trevin Glidewell and Dylan McDonnell

    Dylan Arcemont, Dante Janeson, Izzy Molinar, Kate Whipple, Jack Oder, James Vogel, Jack Steinman

    Peter Beckmeyer, Ian Bartlett, Lana Linares, Nick Raye

Thank You To Our Supporters

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.

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  • Grade Level & GPA

    Invitations will be sent out in January for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply who meet all of the following:
    • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    • Earn an 80% or higher in the Flight I or Flight - Drone class for first semester.
  • Pilot Endorsement

    FLIGHT Academy students must maintain a 2.5 unweighted GPA, earn at least their FAA Private Pilot Certificate, and earn an 80% or higher in all required courses. Choice of two:
    • Flight - Drone Pilot
    • Flight I - Private Pilot
    • Flight II - Instrument
    • Flight III - Commercial Pilot Honors
  • Unmanned Flight Endorsement

    FLIGHT Academy students must maintain a 2.5 unweighted GPA, pass the written exam for the FAA UAG Part 107 Certificate, and earn an 80% or higher in Flight - Drone Pilot.
  • Middle School Opportunities

    Middle school students interested in flying are invited to join Flight Club. Please watch announcements for information.

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  • Notes About Flying

    To actually become a certified private pilot, students need 40-50 hours of flight time under the guidance of a Certified Flight Instructor outside of the courses taught at Faith Lutheran.  Flight time routinely costs at least $200 per hour and is not a part of Faith's tuition nor is it organized by Faith Lutheran.  This flight time is not a requirement of Flight 1, Flight 2 or The Faith Lutheran Flight Academy.  If a family decides they want their student pursuing flight training, they will contract that time with the flight school of their choosing.