The new Ray and Linda Booker Flight Center will stretch the boundaries of what is possible for aviation programs at Oklahoma State University. We are seeking $5 million in private funding to help create this flagship facility.
When you support the Ray and Linda Booker Flight Center, you help shape the future for Oklahoma State University. By contributing to the fund below, you make our future brighter orange!
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Oklahoma State University announced a $1 million naming gift from Ray and Linda Booker at a special groundbreaking ceromony on March 7, 2020 for the new flight center.
Ray, who passed away from Parkinson's disease last year, and his wife Linda, are avid supporters of OSU and possess a deep passion for aviation.
The Booker’s support of this project will help ensure the longevity of the program and ultimately increase the number of OSU trained pilots and aviation leaders around the world.
Dr. Chad Depperschmidt, Captain Ric Wilson of Envoy Air Inc., President Burns Hargis, Linda Booker and Dean Stephen Wilson at the groundbreaking event on March 7.
The Ray and Linda Booker Flight Center will be designed with students and program growth in mind. It will provide one-on-one teaching with advanced simulator technology for experiential training. Within these walls, future aviators will be trained and prepared for real-world operations. With a new center, we will truly be the best academically based aviation program in the country and finally have a facility that physically reflects the excellence, pride and tradition by which OSU Aviation is already known.
The 11,600-square-foot facility will be located right along North Airport Industrial Access Road, just south of Stillwater Regional Airport.The facility will allow for a better learning environment for all students, enable faculty to enhance research opportunities and showcase the program’s significance and professionalism in the aviation industry. This facility will match the caliber of our program, including our reputation for high-quality instruction and commitment to student success.
The new facility announcement comes on the heels of a landmark year for OSU Aviation. Early in 2019, the program was selected to participate in the Top Hawk program, a partnership between Textron Aviation and top university aviation schools that provides students with access to the world’s most popular single-engine aircraft, the Cessna Skyhawk. Over the last year, the aircraft has been used to support flight training and promote OSU Aviation at air shows, aviation contests and recruiting events.