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Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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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 Aeronautics

Mitchell A. Morrison, B.S., M.A.S., Ph.D., FAA ATP, HELO, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI
Associate Dean, School of Aeronautics
Associate Professor of Aeronautics 

Anton W. Cihak II, B.S., M.A., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI, AGI, IGI
Chair, Flight Science
Chief Instructor
Associate Professor

Steven R. Brinly, B.S., M.A., M.C.A., FAA COMM, INST, ME, CFI, CFII, AGI, A&P, IA, RP
Chair, Aerospace Technology
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics

Richard A. Roof, B.S. M.A.R., Ph.D., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, IGI
Online Chair
Associate Professor of Aeronautics

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

Andrew Walton, B.S., M.A., FAA ATP, COMM, INST, CFI, CFII, ME, MEI, A&P, AGI
Director of Safety
Adjunct Professor

David Miller
Executive Director of Flight Operations

Jerrold Wangberg
Director of Flight Training

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. The entire roster can also be viewed online where faculty can be searched for by Department. Faculty Roster


RESEARCH INTENSIVE COURSES
All research intensive courses are listed online at https://www.liberty.edu/academics/qualityenhancement/index.cfm?PID=32835.


PURPOSE
The School of Aeronautics equips, mentors, and sends champions for Christ into the aerospace community to serve as professional pilots, mechanics, unmanned aerial systems operators, flight attendants, aviation safety managers, administrators, and leaders in the aviation field.  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 (SOA) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with  Corporate/Commercial Concentration, Global Studies Concentration, Military Cognate, and Unmanned Aerial Systems Cognate.  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. SOA offers a certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician. Various minors are also offered.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CERTIFICATION
The School of Aeronautics is a fully certified FAA 14 CFR Part 141 school authorized to teach Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Multi-Engine courses. Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument, and Multi-Engine Instructor courses are taught under 14 CFR Part 61. The FAA has also certified the School as an FAA 14 CFR 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.

There are no fees specific to the aviation maintenance technician airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification program; however, students in any aviation maintenance program are responsible for obtaining their own hand tools for aviation maintenance technician courses (AVMT courses).

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BENEFITS
For those qualified for and using Veterans Benefits, please review: https://www.liberty.edu/administration/militaryaffairs/.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT FOR ONLINE DEGREES
In order to be admitted into the Liberty Online BS Aviation degree, 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 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  

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.

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 Only
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance (B.S.) - Management
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance (B.S.) - Unmanned Aerial Systems

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

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.)


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 (all AVMT courses) to be completed as a single block in one year.  Additional Associate of Arts degree courses may be completed within an additional year. The curricula for aircraft maintenance certification program are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR 147.

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 Safety Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Aviation Safety Minor (Resident)


Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator 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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