A welcome from the Associate Deans

James Mashburn

Associate Dean of Academics

Welcome to the exciting world of the Liberty University School of Aeronautics. You have chosen a career field that is challenging and highly rewarding. Our goal is not only to prepare you for the opportunities that will arise in the ever changing world of aviation, we want you to be able to navigate through the hurdles of life with great success. We take very seriously our job to train and mentor the students God has entrusted to us, so that you will leave here a Champion for Christ!
James Mashburn

Bob Hudson

Associate Dean of Flight Operations

Welcome to the start of a great adventure!

If you have a desire to pursue a career in aviation and want to receive outstanding flight training along with character building coaching and Godly mentorship, then I congratulate you for finding your way to the Liberty University School of Aeronautics.  A career in aviation is an extremely exciting and rewarding journey that most people can only dream about, but a rapidly growing number of enthusiastic students like you are making that dream a reality.

You have chosen more than just an immensely gratifying career path; you are embarking on an extraordinary way of life!  Even after thirty years since my first solo flight and a twenty-year career as a regional, national, and international airline pilot, I am still thrilled and grateful to be working in a science that I love. Now, God has blessed me further with the awesome privilege and honor of serving with the finest group of aviation training experts in the world who are eager to train and equip people like you who want to reach for the sky and change the world.   

Our team is committed to helping you become the best aviator you can be while supporting and encouraging you in your walk with Lord.  Should you decide to complete an aviation degree program at LU, you can count on being trained by the best instructors in collegiate aviation; flying in new state-of-the art aircraft and simulators; and learning life lessons from people with widely varied backgrounds who want to share their wisdom and experiences with you.  Furthermore, you can depend on a team of caring professionals with servant hearts who will be praying for you throughout your college career and beyond.  If this sounds like the place for you, and if you are ready for intensive study, hard work, and more fun than any college student should be allowed to have, then buckle up – it's going to be an exhilarating ride!

Bob Hudson

John Marselus

Associate Dean of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Welcome to Liberty University School of Aeronautics. 

Whether the Lord is calling you to missionary, military, commercial, or corporate aviation, you will find a program at LUSOA designed to train you to be the best professional aviator you can be for the glory of Christ.  Aviation will open many doors to you both here in the United States and the world.  You can find yourself able to use it to reach many for His glory. 

Flying is both fun and challenging.  Hard work ethic, strong integrity, and professionalism will be key ingredients to develop.  Through them you will stand out no matter where you find yourselves in aviation.  God has blessed our program incredible people and equipment.  Through personal interaction both in the classroom and in the air, our instructors will help maximize the gifts and talents the Lord has given you. 

Your personal relationship with the Lord is the most important aspect though. We are committed to help you grow and develop a deep level of intimacy with Him.  This is the center of all that we do.  Thank you parents for entrusting your sons and daughters to us and thank you students for trusting us to help you mature to the young man or woman God has created you uniquely to be.

In Christ,

John Marselus