Next Steps

For Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to CBU! We are so excited to welcome you to the Aviation Science community.

Below are details on the items you will need to complete as you prepare for your first semester in aviation. Steps 1 through 4 will need to be completed prior to the first day of class. Step 5 will take place during the first week of the semester.

Keep your calendar clear for your first All Aviators Meeting! (It's usually the first week of class. Details below.)

  • Step 1: Submit Required Documents

    Submit Documents to Confirm Identity and Citizenship

    Before classes begin, bring in or mail ORIGINAL passport, birth certificate or other proof of US citizenship. (If you do not have a US passport or birth certificate, please contact to discuss the TSA approval process before flight training begins.) 

    Your ORIGINAL documents need to be reviewed by an Aviation admin. Please choose from one of the following options:

    Make an appointment to bring in your ORIGINAL documents by emailing OR mail documents to:

    CBU Aviation Science
    Attn: Pre-Flight Admin
    6865 Airport Drive
    Riverside CA 92504

    You can learn more about the federal regulations regarding these documents here.

    Submit Documents to Confirm Experience Level

    If you are actively training, please reach out to to discuss your training and experience level.

    If you have completed a rating, please provide a copy of your certificate when you submit your TSA documents.

  • Step 2: Apply for FAA Medical Certificate

    To apply for your FAA Medical Certificate, visit and click the link that says "Search for an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) in your area." Then, select "AME" from the drop-down menu. Select "First Class AME" towards the bottom to find one in your area and schedule an appointment.

    After scheduling an appointment with an AME, please go to this link to complete your application for your FAA Medical Certificate. You will need to bring the complete application and application information with you to your appointment. You will need to be as accurate as possible when completing this application.

    You will need an FAA Medical Certificate before applying for a Student Pilot Certificate.

    *Name on this application should match all correspondence with the FAA. Address on this application should match your permanent address.

  • Step 3: Apply for Student Pilot Certificate

    Visit to begin your Student Pilot Application.

    Select "Applicant" and complete the application with your information.

    Refer to the FAQs on their site to help guide you through the process.

    *Name and address listed on Student Pilot Application MUST match your FAA Medical Certificate.

    Your Certified Flight Instructor will e-sign your Student Pilot Certificate Application in IACRA the first time you meet during your assigned flight lab course time at CBU.

  • Step 4: Attend Inprocessing Session and All Aviators Meeting

    Attend the Inprocessing Session

    The Inprocessing Session is held a few days before classes begin. Please keep this week clear and be on the lookout for an email from the Aviation Department for the exact date and time.

    For the Inprocessing Session, please bring:

    • FAA Medical Certificate
    • Government photo ID
    • Student Pilot Certificate, or Private Pilot Certificate if you already have one

    *ORIGINAL documents are required. Copies or scans will not suffice.


    Attend All Aviators Meeting

    The All Aviators Meeting is a separate, mandatory event held each semester, typically in the evening on the second day of class. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about department updates and expectations, hear from industry experts (both internal and external), and meet your fellow aviators!

    You will be notified by email after Welcome Weekend and prior to your first day of class for the exact date and time of the event! 

  • Step 5: Attend First Meeting with CFI

    Your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) will e-sign your Student Pilot Certificate Application in IACRA.

    You will receive a temporary certificate via email and a permanent certificate should arrive approximately three weeks later.

    After the application is complete, you will receive an FTN (Federal Tracking Number). Keep this number as you will use it throughout your career. 

    *You are required to carry your Student Pilot Certificate, FAA Medical Certificate, and government photo ID at all times while flying.



Need Assistance?

Please reach out to with questions and concerns. We are excited to watch your aviation career take off!