Frequently Asked Questions

What majors are offered in Aviation Science?

Aviation Flight
Aviation Management
Aviation Dispatch
Unmanned Systems
In-Flight Service

What minors are offered in Aviation Science?

Aviation Management
Missionary Aviation

How many years are required to complete each degree?

Each major is a four-year degree program with 124 units required to graduate from CBU with a Bachelor's degree.  However, students who progress satisfactorily through the Aviation Flight program will likely complete all required FAA ratings and certificates within three years.

What will it cost?

In addition to current CBU tuition and fees (including room and board), any student enrolled in a Flight lab will be required to pay a lab fee associated with each flight lab.  Students enrolled in the Theory of Flight course will also have to pay a lab fee that provides 2-3 hours in an aircraft.  CBU tuition and fees (including flight lab fees) are reviewed annually and subject to change.  Please see the current lab fees approved for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Where is flight training conducted?

All flight training is conducted at the Riverside Municipal Airport, which is a Class D, towered airport, located about two miles from the CBU campus.  Students will need personal transportation between the main campus and the CBU Flight Operations Center located at the Riverside Municipal Airport.  A shuttle service operated by CBU is only available for classes taught in the CBU Flight Operations Center.  For individual flight labs, students will need to arrange transportation to the airport. 

What is the CBU Flight Operations Center?

The CBU Flight Operations Center is located at the Riverside Municipal Airport at 6865 Airport Drive, Riverside, California.  This Center has been specifically designed for use by Aviation Flight students and contains a classroom with seating for 20, a flight planning area, a testing center, a simulator room, briefing/debriefing areas, study areas, student lounge, full kitchen, pilot shop, faculty and staff offices, and outdoor patio areas.  Even Aviation Management students will utilize this Center while they preparing for flights as part of the Theory of Flight course.     

What type of aircraft will I be training in?

Single-engine flight training will be conducted in Cessna 172 aircraft, which are very safe and capable aircraft.  As we progress, additional aircraft will be acquired for complex and multi-engine flight training.

Are flight simulators part of the training program?

CBU is currently seeking funding for a full-motion flight simulator to be housed at the CBU Flight Operations Center.  Although flight simulation is not currently part of our flight training, we anticipate integrating flight simulation in the near future. 

Are scholarships available?

Three, $1,000 scholarships are available to Aviation Science students in Fall 2013.  CBU is currently seeking additional funding to develop more scholarships specific to the Aviation Science program. Additionally, aviation scholarships are available on a nationwide level for which CBU Aviation Science students may apply.

How many flight hours will I graduate with?

Although this will vary with each student, it is expected that Aviation Flight students will earn 200-250 flight hours prior to graduation.  If a student is hired as a Certified Flight Instructor prior to graduation, the number of flight hours a student will have prior to graduation may be significantly higher.

How do I prepare for the Aviation Flight program?

Prior to beginning in the Aviation Flight program as a student without an existing FAA certificate or rating, the student will need to obtain an FAA Student Pilot/Third Class medical certificate from an FAA Designated Medical Examiner.  This can likely be accomplished near the student's hometown prior to coming to CBU.  If a student waits until starting classes at CBU before obtaining a medical certificate, flight training will be delayed unnecessarily.  Therefore, CBU strongly recommends that students planning to enter the Aviation Flight program obtain an FAA Third Class medical certificate prior to the first day of class.    

Aviation Flight majors must provide a current U.S. Passport or original or Certified copy of birth certificate with a government issued ID (typically a Driver's License) to satisfy TSA requirements for flight training.  All international Aviation Flight students are responsible for complying with the TSA Alien Flight Training/Citizenship Validation Rule.

How will the Boeing 727 be used for Aviation Science students?

On January 10, 2013, FedEx flew a Boeing 727 (N266FE) from Memphis International Airport directly to Riverside Municipal Airport to donate this aircraft to CBU and our Aviation Science department.  In the Deed of Gift signed between CBU and FedEx, we have agreed to never fly the aircraft, nor sell parts from the aircraft.  However, this aircraft will benefit aviation science students as a ground-based trainer.  The aircraft will be integrated into the Aviation Flight program as a turbine systems trainer and will also be integrated into the Aviation Management program as students consider logistics management and the operation of this aircraft at a smaller airport in light of airport design considerations.

How does Aviation Science at CBU compare to programs such as those offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or University of North Dakota?

The Department of Aviation Science at CBU has been created with other collegiate aviation programs in mind.  We offer a unique educational experience with a Christian focus, and yet our academics are first-rate, allowing us to offer programs that are comparable to those offered by larger collegiate aviation programs.  Also, with our smaller class sizes, we offer students one-on-one interaction with expert faculty that may not be possible at larger programs.