Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Aeronautics

Administration

James P. Molloy, B.S., M.A.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Dean, School of Aeronautics
Associate Professor of Aviation

Robert L. Hudson, B.A., M.A., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Assistant Dean, School of Aeronautics
Instructor of Aviation

Mitchell A. Morrison, B.S., M.A.S., Ph.D., FAA ATP, HELO, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Chair, Aviation Management and Flight
Associate Professor of Aviation

Bradley Blank, B.S., M.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, A&P
Chair, Aviation Maintenance and Unmanned Aerial Systems
Assistant Professor of Aviation

James M. Mashburn, B.A., M.S., M.C.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Online Chair
Assistant Professor of Aviation

Brian Hough, B.S., M.C.A., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Executive Director of Business Development/Affiliate Operations

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

Anton W. Cihak II, B.S., M.A., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI, AGI, IGI
Director of Flight Operations
Advisor and Coach, LU Flight Team, National Intercollegiate Flying Association

Peter Spahr, B.S., M.C.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, A&P
Chief Instructor and Associate Director – Private Pilot Curriculum

Marc Curley, B.S., M.B.A., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Chief Instructor and Associate Director – Commercial Pilot Curriculum

Joshua Clark, B.S., M.S., FAA COMM, INST, ME, CFI, CFII
Chief Instructor and Associate Director – Instrument Rating Curriculum

Jeremy Moore, B.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Chief Instructor and Associate Director – Certified Flight Instructor Curriculum

Robert Cooper, B.S., M.A., M.P.M., P.M.P., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Associate Director of Flight Operations, Systems Integration

Daniel Stanchek, B.S., FAA COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME
Associate Director of Flight Operations, Instructor Training

Jason Hammond, FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Associate Director of Flight Operations, Standardization and Evaluation

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

Charles E. Laughlin, FAA A&P
Chief, Integrated Operations Center

Tana Jamison, B.S.
Director of Affiliate Operations


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

Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


Faculty

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online where faculty can be searched for by Department. Faculty Roster


PURPOSE
The School of Aeronautics equips, mentors, and sends champions for Christ into the aerospace community to serve as exceptional pilots, mechanics, unmanned aerial systems operators, flight attendants, and managers.  The School of Aeronautics grows leaders one at a time who know their identity, thrive in their faith, and love others in Christ to become difference makers.

The School of Aeronautics offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with Professional Pilot and Professional Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator cognates.  Additional offerings include: Bachelor of Aviation Administration degrees with Flight and Aviation Safety Management cognates, and Bachelor of Aviation Maintenance with Management and Unmanned Aerial Systems cognates. Additionally, Associate of Arts degrees in Aviation Maintenance Technician and Flight Attendant are available.  Various minors 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, and Instrument courses.  The FAA has also certified the School as an FAA Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School authorized to teach Airframe and Powerplant.

COURSE FEES
Some aviation courses, including all flight courses have additional fees, which vary depending on course requirements.  In addition, course fees may vary between residential and online courses.

Furthermore, aviation maintenance students are responsible for obtaining their own hand tools for maintenance courses.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BENEFITS
For those qualified for and using Veterans Benefits, please review: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=32289.

Admission Requirement
In order to be admitted into the Liberty Online BS degree in Aeronautics, the student must certify that he or she understands that degree completion requires acceptance, enrollment and completion of all flight training requirements at an LU-approved, independent Flight Training Affiliate and requires the student to meet all Federal Transportation Security Administration requirements for flight training, or the student must have a Commercial Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration prior to admission.

In order to be admitted into the Liberty Online BS degree in Aviation Maintenance Management, the student must certify that he or she understands that based on FAA requirements, the AVMT courses (45 hours) listed on this degree cannot be offered online and must be taken residentially at Liberty University.  FAA mechanic training and certification, with Airframe and Powerplant ratings, may be done outside of Liberty University and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit may be awarded for licensure to meet the requirements of the AVMT courses (45 hrs.)


Career Opportunities

Certified Flight Instructor Missionary Pilot
Commercial Pilot UAS Operator
Corporate Pilot Aircraft Mechanic
Military Pilot Maintenance Manager
Airline Operations Flight Attendant
Government Organizations UAS Maintenance Manager
Airport Management Other Aviation related careers
Aviation Safety Manager  

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/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.


Aeronautics Major (B.S.)

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

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply biblical principles within the professional aviation environment.
  2. Apply written and oral communication skills as they pertain to the aviation industry.
  3. Promote a healthy organizational safety culture in aviation.
  4. Mentor others in leadership skills and qualities as it relates to aviation.
  5. Assimilate the healthy lifestyle required to meet the unique physical and cognitive demands of an aviation career.
  6. Apply science, technology, and mathematics to aeronautical disciplines

Commercial/Corporate Concentration
The student will be able to apply policies, regulations, and procedures to commercial/corporate flight operations.

Global Studies Concentration
The student will be able to apply policies, regulations, and procedures to humanitarian flight operations.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (B.S.) - Commercial/Corporate
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (B.S.) - Global Studies
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (B.S.) - Military
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (B.S.) - Unmanned Aerial Systems


Aviation Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Aviation degree program is to train men and women to become exceptional aviators who possess outstanding knowledge, excellent technical skills, sound judgment, professionalism, leadership, and strong Christian character.

PROGRAM Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply biblical principles within the professional aviation environment.
  2. Apply written and oral communication skills as they pertain to the aviation industry.
  3. Promote a healthy organizational safety culture in aviation.
  4. Mentor others in leadership skills and qualities as it relates to aviation.
  5. Assimilate the healthy lifestyle required to meet the unique physical and cognitive demands of an aviation career.
  6. Apply science, technology, and mathematics to aeronautical disciplines

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Aviation (B.S.)


Aviation Administration Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The Aviation Administration program builds on the School of Aeronautics’ aviation safety and leadership core, providing graduates with knowledge and skills needed for program development, data analysis, and organizational management and ethics for service as leaders and managers in various aviation business and operations roles.  A pilot certificate is not required to complete the B.S. Aviation Administration, providing a non-pilot option for those who desire to work and serve in the aviation field.

PROGRAM Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply biblical principles within the aviation profession.
  2. Apply written and oral communications skills to promote effective aviation administration.
  3. Promote a healthy organizational safety culture in aviation.
  4. Mentor others in leadership skills and qualities as it relates to aviation administration.
  5. Adapt sound business practices to the aviation industry.
  6. Apply science, technology, and mathematics to aviation administration.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration (B.S.) - Aviation Safety Management
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration (B.S.) - Flight


Aviation Maintenance Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of this degree is to expand on the School of Aeronautics AMTS (A&P) training for FAA aviation mechanic licensure.  It builds on, and strengthens, fundamental skills and principles taught during the AMTS training.  The degree delves into broader topics facing an FAA licensed mechanic such as Human Factors and Safety.  The Management Cognate gives that mechanic the skills and abilities necessary to serve in leadership and management positions of an aviation maintenance business. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply Biblical principles within the aviation maintenance environment.
  2. Apply science, technology, and mathematics in the area of aviation maintenance.
  3. Promote a healthy organizational safety culture in the aviation maintenance industry.
  4. Solve aviation maintenance issues and problems individually, and within a team environment.
  5. Apply written and oral communication skills as they pertain to aviation maintenance.
  6. Mentor others in leadership skills and qualities.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance (B.S.) - Management – Resident
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance (B.S.) - Management – Online

Note:  Based on FAA requirements, the AVMT courses (45 hours) listed on this degree cannot be offered online and must be taken residentially at Liberty University.  You may complete FAA mechanic certification with Airframe and Powerplant ratings outside of Liberty University and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit may be awarded for licensure to meet the requirements of the AVMT courses (45 hrs.)

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance (B.S.) - Unmanned Aerial Systems


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 and Aviation Maintenance Technician.  These two-year degree programs combine courses in the major program of study with General Education courses and graduation requirements.


Aeronautics - 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. Apply written and oral communication skills as they pertain to the aviation industry.
  3. Promote a healthy organizational safety culture in aviation.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Associate of Arts in Aeronautics (A.A.) - Airline Flight Attendant


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. Apply Biblical principles in the aviation maintenance environment.
  2. Solve aviation maintenance issues and problems individually, and within a team environment.
  3. Apply science, technology, and mathematics in the area of aviation maintenance.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Associate of Arts in Aviation Maintenance Technician (A.A.)


MINORS

Aeronautics Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Aeronautics Minor (Resident)


Airline Flight Attendant Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Airline Flight Attendant Minor (Resident)


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.

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).

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 and B.S. Aviation Maintenance.


Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Aviation Maintenance Technician - Residential



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