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Heidi De Hoogh ’99 serves as the Director of Safety and Security for Sun Country Airlines and brings a wealth of experience to Mankato’s aviation program advisory board.
A 1999 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato, Heidi De Hoogh serves as the Director of Safety and Security for Sun Country Airlines in Mendota Heights, Minn. With fourteen years of experience in the aviation industry, De Hoogh has worked as a pilot, instructor, and flight operations manager. She is currently responsible for managing Sun Country Airlines’ safety and security programs, which include all FAA safety programs, TSA compliance, regulatory investigations, and the emergency response program. De Hoogh also acts as a management pilot and is qualified in the Boeing 737 for Sun Country Airlines.
De Hoogh’s previous experience includes a position as Manager of Flight Operations Standards and Compliance for Mesaba Airlines where she was responsible for managing the Flight Operations Publications Department, Flight Operations Records Department, and Advanced Qualification Program (AQP). During her time at Mesaba Airlines, she also managed the Flight Operations internship program and worked extensively with the FAA to ensure compliance with federal regulations for all flight operations.
In addition, De Hoogh acted as an Aircrew Training Instructor for Northwest Airlines and instructed Northwest Airlines pilots in the DC-9 Advance Qualification Program and was qualified as a Procedures Validation instructor. At her time with Northwest Airlines, De Hoogh was qualified as a Test and Ferry pilot in the DC-9 and participated in many company projects and development activities.
In 2008, De Hoogh earned a Master’s in Management (MSM) from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where she specialized in Air Transportation. She currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) pilot license with a type rating in the DC-9 and is a CFI, CFII and MEI pilot instructor. She has over 2,500 hours of flight time with the majority of the flight time as a MEI flight instructor and first officer in the AVRO RJ-85, DC-9, and B-737.
De Hoogh now acts as an advisory board member for the Department of Aviation. She explained why she makes giving back a priority in her busy schedule. “Leaders in the aviation industry must invest their time and efforts to mentor the next generation,” said De Hoogh. “Without mentorship and support of today's youth the quality of tomorrow's workforce will suffer.” De Hoogh and other board members offer a great deal of industry expertise and experience, which will ensure the Department of Aviation continues its work of creating highly prepared aviation professionals.