This is the pre-boarding announcement for your flight from SEMO 1967 to 2022. We are inviting anyone interested in the University's aviation history to begin reading at this time. Thank you and enjoy your flight through the decades.
While at Southeast, Torres joined the Flying Indians Organization. This group was named for the University’s former mascot, which changed in 2005. Students and alumni “interested in the fascinating skill of flying an airplane” were encouraged to join the organization.
This campus organization was open to anyone of any skill level. Members took ground school courses and F.A.A flight instruction. Once they were ready, they practiced their techniques in the air. With the Flying Indians, Torres and his new friends shot into the sky, breaking flight records, learning about each new aircraft, and becoming masters of the flight deck.
The Flying Indians
It was professors like Dr. Bryce March who inspired Torres to strive for something only a few people in the world had. A young Torres would soon become one of only 11 people on the planet to have all seven Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Ratings. He believes he is still the only non-US citizen to have these certifications. That means this SEMO Alumnus is one of a small few certified to teach students to fly, well, anything.
Flight Certifications of Alejandro Torres
Certified Flight Instructors have the opportunity to earn several flight ratings. These ratings allow them to teach students to fly in any of their certified categories.
Southeast continues the tradition of flight in 2022. We've taken our love for teaching and applied it to helping students strap in to become certified pilots and flight instructors. Southeast's Professional Pilot Bachelor's Degree provides students with the training they need to go out into the field of aviation. Long before pilot programs were the norm, Southeast students were taking to the sky and we'll keep finding new ways to give students like Torres a new view of the world.
We hope you've enjoyed your flight.