SEU Student Hannah Boyd Takes to the Skies
As a newly-certified flight instructor, 20-year-old Hannah Boyd is already miles ahead of many students in her area of study. Currently a sophomore in the aviation program at Southeastern University, Boyd is studying online in the Business and Professional Leadership Professional Pilot track.
After earning 280 flight hours and passing her final certified flight instructor exam, she was able to secure a full-time position with Kingsky Flight Academy in Lakeland, Florida. With her certificate, Boyd is authorized to teach private pilot students, instrument students, and commercial students. She officially started working at Kingsky in March of 2021, and will be teaching ground and flight lessons to students pursuing a pilot license.
“I show them how to be safe pilots and help them reach their goals — whether that’s flying for pleasure or flying as a career,” said Boyd.
Boyd is originally from Orlando, but relocated to Lakeland to be closer to the Lakeland Linder International Airport, where many of Southeastern’s aviation courses take place.
Aviation at SEU
Southeastern launched two- and four-year aviation degrees in the spring of 2019, and will have more than 40 students enrolled in the program by the start of the fall 2021 semester. One of the program’s most distinctive features is the ability for students like Boyd to accelerate their flight training, allowing them to simultaneously begin their flying career while they’re completing their degree. Through this fast track, Southeastern students can log up to five times the total number of flight hours as compared to students from other university programs.
“I have really enjoyed the aviation program,” remarked Boyd. “It catered to my individual needs and allowed me to experience college life while still focusing on flying.” Boyd’s goal is to reach 1,500 flight hours within the next 1.5–2 years in order to work for a regional airline immediately following graduation. Eventually, her goal is to fly for one of the major airlines.
Dr. Kenneth Stephens, the director of the aviation program, has no doubt that Boyd has what it takes. “Hannah is the type of pilot that any airline would love to hire,” he said. “She has the character, focus and integrity that is sought after throughout the aviation industry. I’m looking forward to seeing her soar to success.”
Photo credit: Bekah Horsley, We Are SEU Magazine