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School of Aeronautics

Administration

David L. Young, B.S., M.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI, ATP
Assistant Provost for LU Aeronautics Education

James P. Molloy, B.S., M.A.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII
Dean, School of Aeronautics

James M. Mashburn, B.A., M.S., FAA COMM, ME, INST, CFI, CFII, MEI
Associate Dean of Academics

Robert L. Hudson, B.A., FAA ATP, COMM, ME, INST, CFI, CFII, MEI
Associate Dean of Flight Operations

Brian Hough, FAA ATP, COMM, MULTI, INST, CFI, CFII, MEI
Director of Business Development and Flight Training Affiliates

Andrew Walton, B.S., M.A., FAA COMM, INST, ME, CFI, CFII, A&P
Director of Safety

Robert Howell, FAA A&P, DME, IA
Chair, Aviation Maintenance Technician Program

Bradley Blank, B.S., M.B.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, A&P
Director, Aviation Maintenance Technician Program
Assistant Professor of Aviation

Jason Hammond, FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, MEI
Director of Training Programs and Flight Standards

Anton W. Cihak II, B.S., M.A., FAA ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Director of Flight Operations

Peter Spahr, B.S., MCA, FAA A&P, COMM, INST, ME, CFI, CFII
Associate Director of Flight Operations
Chief Instructor – Private Pilot Course

Marc Curley, B.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Associate Director of Flight Operations
Chief Instructor – Commercial Course

Jeremy Moore, B.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, MEI
Associate Director of Flight Operations
Chief Instructor – CFI/CFII Courses

Joshua Clark, B.S., M.S., FAA COMM, INST, M.E., CFI, CFII
Associate Director of Flight Operations
Chief Instructor - Instrument Course

Kevin Martin, B.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII
Associate Director of Flight Ops, Simulator Program Manager

Joshua Bryant, B.S., FAA INST
Associate Director of Flight Operations, Dispatch & Scheduling

Charles E. Laughlin, FAA A&P
Associate Director of Flight Operations, Maintenance Control

Tana Jamison, B.S.
Flight Training Affiliates Manager


Aviation Qualifications Legend:
A&P Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Technician
ATP Airline Transport Pilot
CFI Certified Flight Instructor
CFII Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
DME FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner
DPE FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
COMM Commercial Pilot
HELO Helicopter Rated
IA Inspection Authorization
INST Instrument Rated
ME Multi-Engine
MEI Multi-Engine Instructor

Faculty

The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department and faculty type, is available at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=24.

PURPOSE
It is the purpose of the School of Aeronautics to train and mentor young men and women to become exceptional pilots, mechanics, unmanned aerial systems operators, and flight attendants who possess excellent technical skills, sound judgment, leadership, professionalism, discipleship, and strong Christian character.

The School of Aeronautics offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with concentrations in commercial/corporate, missionary, and unmanned aerial systems, and a cognate in military.  Additionally, Associate of Arts degrees in Aviation Maintenance Technician and Flight Attendant are available. Minors in Aeronautics and Airline Flight Attendant are also offered.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CERTIFICATION
The School of Aeronautics is a fully certified FAA Part 141 school authorized to teach Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Airline Transport Pilot courses. The FAA has also certified the School as an FAA Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School designed to train and prepare aircraft technicians for A & P licensure.

The programs offered by the School of Aeronautics are Veteran’s Administration Approved.

FLIGHT TRAINING COURSE FEES
Courses that include flight training have additional course fees.  Course fees for Aviation Flight Training courses vary depending on equipment used (aircraft/aircraft simulator).   For a list of course fees please go to http://www.liberty.edu/registrar.

Additional course fees including Aircraft rental prices and lab fees, may vary between residential and online courses. Fees for online courses are impacted by the Flight Training Affiliate locations.

BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
The aviation and mechanic programs are FAA Part 141 and 147 certificated. Students are responsible for lab fees, in-flight instruction, aircraft rental, A & P mechanical classes, and tools.  Both programs are Veteran’s Administration approved.  Internships are available.  All residential-flight training is conducted at Lynchburg Regional Airport.

ADDITIONAL POLICY INFORMATION
For policies concerning missed flights and other flight costs, please refer to www.liberty.edu/aviation.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BENEFITS
For those qualified for and using VA Benefits (Post 9/11 – Chapter 33, or Montgomery – Chapter 30), please note the requirements below:

  • All course starting and ending dates correspond with the online academic schedule.
  • All flight courses are 16 weeks.
  • If a flight course is not completed by the end of the 16 weeks, an incomplete may be requested from your professor (2 weeks before the end of the semester) and will be a maximum of 30 days from the end of the semester.
  • All unused VA funds remaining from a lab fee at the end of a certificate will be returned to the VA do not carry over to the next course.
  • Authorized Training Aircraft must be the most economical aircraft for the required training. Liberty University requires an aircraft with 180 HP or lower.
  • Full time online Veterans (12 credit hours) students may qualify for full Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAH) if enrolled in one of the flight courses listed below. Regulations require the BAH be funded at the rate of the online school main campus location which is Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • Flight Courses:
    • AVIA 220
    • AVIA 225
    • AVIA 320
    • AVIA 325
    • AVIA 326
    • AVIA 327
    • AVIA 420
    • AVIA 422
    • AVIA 440
    • AVIA 441

Career Opportunities

Certified Flight Instructor Missionary Pilot
Commercial Pilot UAS Operator
Corporate Pilot Aircraft Mechanic
Military Pilot Other Aviation related careers

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for degree programs offered by the School of Aeronautics can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps. Course scheduling for degree programs are available at www.liberty.edu/dcps.

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Aeronautics Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Aeronautics Program is to train men and women to become exceptional pilots who possess outstanding knowledge, excellent technical skills, sound judgment, professionalism, and strong Christian character.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply biblical principles within the professional aviation environment.
  2. Effectively communicate throughout the scope of the aviation career field.
  3. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the discipline of aeronautics.
  4. Demonstrate aviation professionalism.

Commercial/Corporate Concentration

  • The student will be able to analyze aeronautical challenges specific to commercial and corporate operations.

Global Studies Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the unique safety considerations, risk management differences, and flight techniques for operations into and out of confined areas.
  2. Analyze challenges of mission aviation in various cultural settings.

Programs of Study

Aeronautics Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (41 hrs)
AVIA 102 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 215 Private Ground II 3
AVIA 220 Private Flight I 3
AVIA 225 Private Flight II 3
AVIA 240 GPS Navigation 1
AVIA 245 Aviation Leadership 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 305 Airplane Aerodynamics 3
AVIA 310 Instrument Ground 3
AVIA 315 Commercial Ground 3
AVIA 320 Instrument Flight 3
AVIA 325 Commercial Flight I 1
AVIA 326 Commercial Flight II 1
AVIA 327 Commercial Flight III 1
AVIA 340 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA 400 Aviation Human Factors 3
Cognate/Concentration Courses (15-24 hrs)
Select from the following cognates or concentrations: Commercial/Corporate; Global Studies; Military; or Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Directed Courses (Required) (1-7 hrs)*
Free Electives (0-8 hrs)
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Concentrations

Aeronautics Major (B.S.) Commercial/Corporate Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (41 hrs)
Concentration Courses (22 hrs)
AVIA 350 Airline Operations 3
AVIA 360 Corporate and Business Aviation 3
AVIA 430 Multi-Engine Theory and Advanced Aircraft Systems 3
AVIA 435 Advanced Jet Systems 3
AVIA 440 Multi-Engine Flight 1
AVIA 455 Turbine Engines and Jet Transports 3
AVIA 460 Aviation Interview 3
BUSI 101 Introduction to Business 3
Directed Courses (Required) (1-4 hrs)
PHYS 101 Elements of Physics 3*
PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab 1
TOTAL HOURS: 122 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Aeronautics Major (B.S.) Global Studies Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (41 hrs)
Concentration Courses (20 hrs)
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
AVIA 450 Confined Area Operation 2
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
GLST 385 Career Preparation for Global Workers 3
GLST 485 Jungle Camp 3
GLST Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (1-7 hrs)
PHYS 101 Elements of Physics 3*
PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab 1
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3*
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 37 hours must be 300-400 level.
*This is an approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements

Cognate

Aeronautics Major (B.S.) Unmanned Aerial Systems Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
AVIA 102 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 215 Private Ground II 3
AVIA 220 Private Flight I 3
AVIA 225 Private Flight II 3
AVIA 240 GPS Navigation 1
AVIA 241 GPS Instrument Navigation 1
AVIA 245 Aviation Leadership 3
AVIA 250 Introduction to Space Flight 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 305 Airplane Aerodynamics 3
AVIA 310 Instrument Ground 3
AVIA 320 Instrument Flight 3
AVIA 340 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA 400 Aviation Human Factors 3
AVIA 460 Aviation Interview 3
BUSI 223 Personal Finance 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
AVIA 230 Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
AVIA 235 Small Unmanned Aerial System Operator Certification 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
AVIA 335 Command and Control of Unmanned Aerial Systems
GOVT 380 Introduction to Intelligence and National Security
GOVT 381 Intelligence Analysis
Choose one of the following courses: 3
AVIA 446 Medium UAS Commercial Flight I
GOVT 383 History and Nature of Intelligence Tools
GOVT 483 Military Intelligence
Choose one of the following courses: 3
AVIA 447 Medium UAS Commercial Flight II
GOVT 484 Strategic Intelligence
BUSI 417 Studies in Information Security
CSIS 340 Studies in Information Security
Directed Courses (Required) (1-4 hrs)
PHYS 101 Elements of Physics 3*
PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab 1
Free Electives (0-1 hr)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
*This is an approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements
Aeronautics Major (B.S.) Military Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (41 hrs)
AVIA 102 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 215 Private Ground II 3
AVIA 220 Private Flight I 3
AVIA 225 Private Flight II 3
AVIA 240 GPS Navigation 1
AVIA 245 Aviation Leadership 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 305 Airplane Aerodynamics 3
AVIA 310 Instrument Ground 3
AVIA 315 Commercial Ground 3
AVIA 320 Instrument Flight 3
AVIA 340 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA 400 Aviation Human Factors 3
AVIA 455 Turbine Engines and Jet Transports 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
AVIA 230 Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
AVIA 250 Introduction to Space Flight 3
AVIA 430 Multi-Engine Theory and Advanced Aircraft Systems 3
BUSI 310 Principles of Management 3
Directed Courses (Required) (1-4 hrs)
PHYS 101 Elements of Physics 3*
PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab 1
Free Electives (0-8 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
*This is an approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAMS

In an effort to meet the educational needs of students who want a university degree, but who do not desire to complete a four-year bachelor’s program, the School of Aeronautics offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Aeronautics in Airline Flight Attendant or Aviation Maintenance Technician.  These two-year degree programs combine courses in the major program of study with General Education courses and graduation requirements.


Airline Flight Attendant Major (A.A.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Flight Attendant Program is to train men and women to become exceptional flight attendants who possess outstanding knowledge, excellent technical skills, sound judgment, professionalism, and strong Christian character.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply biblical principles within the professional aviation environment.
  2. Communicate effectively within the professional aviation environment.
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive working knowledge of required aeronautical information.
  4. Articulate aeronautical knowledge appropriate for flight attendants.
  5. Integrate safety and security measures with excellent service.

Program of Study

Aeronautics Major (A.A.) Airline Flight Attendant
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (16-17 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (28 hrs)
AVIA 101 Exploring Aviation 3
AVIA 103 Flight Attendant Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 340 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA 350 Airline Operations 3
AVIA 400 Aviation Human Factors 3
AVIA 460 Aviation Interview 3
FACS 130 Introduction to Hospitality, Foods, and Food Safety 3
HLTH 205 Accident Prevention and Care (First Aid) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 74 hours minimum required.

Aviation Maintenance Technician Major (A.A.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Liberty University Aviation Technician Program is to train pilots, as well as non-pilots to maintain aircraft in the context of a faith-based missionary organization; however, training is also applicable to those pursuing other careers in general, corporate and commercial aviation.

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program is an accelerated maintenance training program designed for the FAA portion to be completed as a single block in one year and the additional Associate of Arts degree classes completed in an additional year. The curricula for this program are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Aviation Maintenance Technician or Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to read, comprehend, and apply information contained in FAA and Manufacturers Aircraft Maintenance specifications, and advisory material.
  2. Complete required maintenance forms, records and inspection reports.
  3. Repair and inspect aircraft electrical, avionics, airframes, and fuel systems.
  4. Inspect, check, service and repair turbine engines and turbine engine installation.
  5. Complete maintenance and repair tasks using the FAA Manufacturers Aircraft Maintenance specification and advisory material.

Program of Study

Aviation Maintenance Technician Major (A.A.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (16-17 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
AVMT 100 Aircraft Sciences I 3
AVMT 102 Aircraft Sciences II 3
AVMT 104 Maintenance Practices I 3
AVMT 106 Maintenance Practices II 3
AVMT 200 Airframe Auxiliary Systems 3
AVMT 202 Aircraft Electrical Systems 3
AVMT 204 Airframe Structures I 3
AVMT 206 Airframe Structures II 3
AVMT 208 Airframe Assembly and Inspection 3
AVMT 210 Airframe Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Landing Gear Systems 3
AVMT 212 Reciprocating Engines 3
AVMT 214 Engine Electrical Systems 3
AVMT 216 Engine Auxiliary Systems I 3
AVMT 218 Engine Auxiliary Systems II 3
AVMT 220 Turbine Engines 3
TOTAL HOURS: 91 hours minimum required.

Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate

Students pursuing the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate complete the 45-hour, FAA Part 147 program in a 12-month accelerated format.  During this period the student will be able to earn a maintenance license with both Airframe and Powerplant ratings.

EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer all semester hours earned in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate program to Liberty’s Associate of Arts program.


Programs of Study

Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate (45 hrs)
AVMN 100 Aircraft Sciences I 3
AVMN 102 Aircraft Sciences II 3
AVMN 104 Maintenance Practices I 3
AVMN 106 Maintenance Practices II 3
AVMN 200 Airframe Auxiliary Systems 3
AVMN 202 Aircraft Electrical Systems 3
AVMN 204 Airframe Structures I 3
AVMN 206 Airframe Structures II 3
AVMN 208 Airframe Assembly and Inspection 3
AVMN 210 Airframe Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Landing Gear Systems 3
AVMN 212 Reciprocating Engines 3
AVMN 214 Engine Electrical Systems 3
AVMN 216 Engine Auxiliary Systems I 3
AVMN 218 Engine Auxiliary Systems II 3
AVMN 220 Turbine Engines 3
TOTAL HOURS: 45 hours minimum required.

Aeronautics Minor

Aeronautics Minor (22 hrs)
AVIA 102 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 215 Private Ground II 3
AVIA 220 Private Flight I 3
AVIA 225 Private Flight II 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 305 Airplane Aerodynamics 3
AVIA 310 Instrument Ground 3

Airline Flight Attendant Minor

Airline Flight Attendant Minor (22 hrs)
AVIA 101 Exploring Aviation 3
AVIA 103 Flight Attendant Orientation 1
AVIA 210 Private Ground I 3
AVIA 300 Aviation Safety 3
AVIA 400 Aviation Human Factors 3
AVIA 460 Aviation Interview 3
FACS 130 Introduction to Hospitality, Foods, and Food Safety 3
HLTH 205 Accident Prevention and Care (First Aid) 3


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