Instructor and Director of Aviation
Troy Hogue always had a love of flying.
Growing up in northeast Arkansas, he frequently saw cropdusters skirting the treetops. And with the Blytheville Air Force Base nearby, he would watch massive B-52 bombers fly over his house.
“Seeing that as a kid, that’s all I wanted to do, and that’s all I thought about through high school,” Hogue said.
With bad eyesight, Hogue tried unsuccessfully to obtain a waiver to enter the military. And when he was wrongly told that wearing glasses would prevent him from becoming a civilian pilot, Hogue abandoned his dream of flying and opted to pursue a different career.
After graduating from Arkansas State University, Hogue worked for about a year in his new field before he learned he could fly after all.
“I pretty much quit work at a moment’s notice, registered for aviation classes at Henderson State, and started school a couple of weeks later,” Hogue said. “When I found out I could fly, I took a leap of faith and said I would rather quit work at that young age and try aviation, than be 40 years old and wish I would have.”
After earning his aviation degree from Henderson, Hogue earned his master’s degree in commercial aviation from Delta State University.
He worked as a flight instructor at Henderson, then flew for the forestry department and Continental Express. Hogue returned to Henderson as a flight instructor following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and joined the faculty in 2003. He became chair of the aviation department in 2013.
With his lifelong passion for flying, Hogue said he never thought he would enter the teaching profession.
“Teaching was never on my radar to begin with. As soon as I started training to become a flight instructor, I realized this is not an advanced flying position, but a teaching position,” he said. “By no design, I realized I like teaching.
“I really enjoy working with the students. We’re talking about aviation. We all love it. It’s my passion. It’s their passion.”
Degree and School:
Master's in Commercial Aviation, Delta State University
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