Eric Shappee

Professor, professional pilot program

Eric ShappeeEric Shappee began teaching aeronautics and aerospace courses in 1995 at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif. In August 2000, Shappee joined Kansas State University at Salina, where he teaches pilot ground schools and upper-level aviation science courses.

In November 2001, Shappee, an assistant professor in K-State at Salina's professional pilot program, was designated a master instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors. Shappee is one of only two master instructors at K-State at Salina and one of fewer than 300 nationwide. He was promoted to full professor in 2012.

Being designated a master instructor is a national accreditation earned through continued education within the aviation field. Approximately 81,000 are certified flight instructors across the nation, but less than 300 are master instructors.

Shappee also focuses on aviation safety through his work at the school, in the community and beyond. He is a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol as the Kansas State Wing safety officer and holds several badges from the Soaring Society of America. Shappee is an aviation safety counselor for the Federal Aviation Administration for the state of Kansas and assists the National Guard's STARBASE program by conducting presentations on aerodynamics.

He is also the sponsor of the Women in Aviation group on campus, safety manager on the Safety Committee for the aviation department, a member of the Multicultural Connection Committee, a member of the Open House Coordinating Committee and regularly conducts progress checks of student pilots.

Shappee received an associate's degree in general studies from Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, Calif., a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science and a master's degree in aeronautics and safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.

Shappee is available at 785-826-2630 or

Pronouncer: Shappee is Shuh-PAY