Ray Gephart joined the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology the summer of 2017 as a Continuing Lecture after a 17 year aviation career started a little later in life than the average.
A 1986 Graduate of the Purdue School of Humanities took Ray on a path that started a business and managed construction projects all throughout the Midwest. During his construction years he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. That experience taught him that his true passion in life was aviation and ultimately led to a professional career change.
Ray acquired the ratings necessary to earn a living in aviation including: ATP, CFI, CFII and MEI. After instructing at Lafayette Aviation he began a career in Corporate Aviation that included Part 91 and 135 operators in central Indiana. He managed aircraft and operated throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. He has experience and Type Ratings in the following aircraft: Rockwell Turbo Commander, Lear Jets, Citation Jets, King Airs and Beechjets. With over one thousand hours of dual instruction given Ray is passionate about helping to educate and mentor the next generation of aviators.