Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight

The Aviation Flight major at CBU is designed for students who desire to fly commercially for a living. All flight training is conducted in-house by CBU using our own flight instructors and fleet of university-owned aircraft.  All flight training is based out of the Flight Operations Center at the Riverside Municipal Airport, which is less than three miles from the CBU campus. Riverside Municipal Airport offers a safe flight training environment, with two paved runways (Runway 9-27 is 5,401 feet by 100 feet and Runway 16-35 is 2,850 feet by 50 feet), numerous instrument approaches, an Air Traffic Control Tower, and local FAA Flight Standards District Office on-site. Flight training costs are in addition to CBU tuition and fees.

The Aviation Flight major has been developed to bring students in with no flight experience and allow them to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight and with a Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, and Certified Flight Instructor designation. If desired, students may also achieve the Certified Flight Instrument Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor designations.

Graduates of the Aviation Flight major will be qualified to fly single engine and multi-engine aircraft for hire. However, to act as pilot-in-command of a scheduled air carrier's aircraft having a maximum gross weight over 12,500 pounds or having over 9 passenger seats without a type rating, the pilot will need an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. To obtain an ATP, the pilot must be 23 years of age and have accumulated 1,500 hours total time as pilot (as well meeting some additional criteria). Generally, you can expect to graduate from CBU's Aviation Science program as a Professional Pilot major with around 200-230 total hours of flight time. Often, graduates flight instruct for several years while they build hours to earn their ATP, and then apply for a flight slot with a regional carrier of course, there are flight careers that do not require an ATP, such as Business/Corporate Pilot, Missionary Pilot, Law Enforcement, etc. Each Aviation Flight major will determine the direction they would like their career to take and pursue the ratings, certificates, and hours to make that happen.

In addition to the flight training and the ground courses that complement that training, Aviation Flight majors will develop an in-depth knowledge of meteorology, avionics and navigational aids, human factors, aircraft systems (including turbine), and crew resource management. In essence, you'll learn everything you need to know to function as a commercial pilot in the aviation industry. The Aviation Flight major requires 62 units of General Education and 54 units of major courses to total at least 124 units for the degree.

Potential career paths for Aviation Flight students include:

  • Airline Pilot
  • Air Cargo Pilot
  • Military Pilot
  • Missionary Pilot
  • Law Enforcement Pilot
  • State Aviation Department Pilot
  • Air Taxi/Charter Pilot
  • Business/Corporate Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. (3.3.1.a) Apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines.
    2. (3.3.1.b) Analyze and interpret data.
    3. (3.3.1.c) Work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams.
    4. (3.3.1.d) Make professional and ethical decisions.
    5. (3.3.1.e) Communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills.
    6. (3.3.1.f) Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning.
    7. (3.3.1.g) Assess contemporary issues.
    8. (3.3.1.h) Use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice.
    9. (3.3.1.i) Assess the national and international aviation environment.
    10. (3.3.1.j) Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
    11. (3.3.1.k) Apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues.
    12. (3.3.2.1) Describe the professional attributes, requirements or certifications, and planning applicable to aviation careers.
    13. (3.3.2.2.a) Describe the principles of aircraft design, performance and operating characteristics.
    14. (3.3.2.2.b) Describe the regulations related to the maintenance of aircraft and associated systems.
    15. (3.3.2.3) Evaluate aviation safety and the impact of human factors on safety.
    16. (3.3.2.4) Discuss the impact of national and international aviation law, regulations and labor issues on aviation operations.
    17. (3.3.2.5) Explain the integration of airports, airspace, and air traffic control in managing the National Airspace System.
    18. (3.3.2.6) Discuss the impact of meteorology and environmental issues on aviation operations.

Program Requirements

Complete 63 units to satisfy the traditional requirements:

Lower Division

AVN110 Introduction to Aviation

A survey of the U.S. aviation industry, including the history of aviation, attributes of an aviation professional, career planning, certification, airports, airspace, air traffic control, and navigational aids. (3 units; Fall)

AVN110-B
Baus, Patrick Michael
09/05/2017 Th 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
AVN110-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AVN210 Aviation Meteorology

An in-depth study of aviation weather, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind and moisture, stability, turbulence, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, and icing. A study of weather charts, weather reports, and forecasts. (3 units; Fall)

AVN210-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT116 Private Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of airframes and aircraft systems, aircraft instruments, safety, aerodynamics, stability, physiology, weather, airports, airspace, emergency operations, ground reference maneuvers, charts and publications, and the principles of pilotage, dead-reckoning, and radio/electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning to prepare the student for the FAA private pilot knowledge test. (3 units; Fall)

FLT116-B
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
FLT116-A
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT117 Private Pilot Lab I

Flight instruction leading to the Private Pilot Certificate. Current FAA Third Class Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate required prior to registering. Lab fee. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair of Aviation Science. Pre- or Co-requisite: FLT 116. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT117-E
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT117-F
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT117-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT117-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT117-C
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT117-D
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT118 Private Pilot Lab II

The second of two courses providing flight training leading to the Private Pilot Certificate. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: FLT 117 and Permission of the Department Chair (1 unit; Spring)

FLT118-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MWThF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT118-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT118-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 - Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT118-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT119 Instrument Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of aircraft instruments, preflight and aircraft systems, navigation, holding, approaches, emergencies, and weather reports and forecasts. Prepares student for the FAA instrument rating knowledge test. Prerequisites: FLT 116. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

FLT119-A
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
FLT119-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT120 Instrument Flight Lab

Flight instruction leading to completion of instrument rating. Includes basic flight maneuvers, instrument failures, unusual attitude recovery, enroute, and holds. Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: FLT 116, 117, and permission of the Department Chair of Aviation Science. Pre- or Co- requisite: FLT 119. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT120-C
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MWThF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-D
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MWThF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-E
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-F
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MWThF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 - Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-C
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-D
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-E
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT120-F
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT218 Multi-Engine Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of aerodynamics, instruments, engines and systems of multi-engine aircraft. Combined with FLT 219, Multi-Engine Flight Lab, prepares students for the multi-engine rating. Prerequisites: FLT 119. (3 units; Fall)

FLT218-A
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT224 Modern Avionics & Navigatnl Aids

An in-depth study of the modern avionics and navigation aids available to pilots, including NEXTGEN, ADS-B, and Garmin 500, 600, and G1000 units, and Aspen Evolution PFD1000. (3 units; Spring)

FLT224-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

MAT145 Mathematical Methods Nat Science

A calculus-based course including an introduction to derivatives and integrals, dimensional analysis, analytical geometry, trigonometry, vectors, experimental error and other topics to provide a mathematical foundation for natural science majors. Prerequisite: MAT 115, 135 or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (4 units; Spring)

MAT145-A
Cordero, Ricardo J.
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA ONLN

PHY114 General Physics I with Lab

This is an introductory course in physics covering the areas of mechanics, waves, fluids, and thermodynamics. It is predominately an algebra-based course with a minor amount of calculus introduced from a historical basis. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: MAT 145 with a minimum grade of B- or passing score on a math assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

PHY114-C
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125
PHY114-A
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 T 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125
PHY114-B
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125

Upper Division Requirements

AVN300 Avtn Resrch, Wrtng & Communictn

A review of techniques necessary to complete a research project on an aviation topic, including data collection techniques, literature review procedures, data analysis, proper structure of reports, American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, and the manuscript submission process. (3 units; Fall)

AVN300-A
Baus, Patrick Michael
09/05/2017 T 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport ONLN

AVN310 Aviation Law and Regulations

An in-depth study of various U.S. federal aviation regulations and legislation affecting the aviation industry, including 14 CFR Parts 1, 25, 61, 67, 91, 121, 139, 175, and NTSB Part 830. An examination of the international aviation environment, such as standards and recommended practices promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. (3 units; Spring)

AVN310-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT311 Commercial Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of aerodynamics, instruments, engines and systems, airports, air traffic control, and airspace, FARs, performance and weight and balance, aeromedical factors, aviation weather, navigation and flight operations. Prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot knowledge test. Prerequisite: FLT 119. (3 units; Fall)

FLT311-A
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT312 Commercial Flight Lab I

Dual and solo flight and multiple cross-country flights to meet requirements for the Commercial Pilot Certificate. Also includes simulator multi-engine training for the initial commercial/instrument pilot rating. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair of Aviation Science. Pre- or Co-requisite: FLT 311. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT312-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 TThSa 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT312-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 TThSa 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT312-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 - Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT312-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 TThSa 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT313 Commercial Flight Lab II

Flight training preparing the student for the multi-engine commercial/instrument check-ride and the commercial single-engine add on certificate to the commercial certificate. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: FLT 218, 312 and permission of the Department Chair of Aviation Science. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT313-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 TThSa 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT313-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 - Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT314 Commercial Flight Lab III

An in-depth study of aerodynamics, instruments, engines and systems of multi-engine aircraft. Combined with FLT 311, Multi-Engine Pilot Ground, prepares students for the multi-engine rating. Multi-engine commercial add-on. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisites: FLT 313 and permission of the Department Chair. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT314-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 TThSa 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT314-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 - Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT315 Flight Instructor Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of the practical application of flight training skills, including the principles of learning and communication, instructional methods, techniques, and media. Students will prepare a training syllabus and conduct ground lessons. Prepares students for the FAA Flight/Ground Instructor knowledge test. Prerequisites: FLT 218 and 219. (3 units; Spring)

FLT315-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/09/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT317 Flght&FlghtInstrmntInstrctrFltLb

Flight instruction leading to the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and the Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII). Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: FLT 314 and permission of the Department Chair. Pre- or Co- Requisite: FLT 315. (1 unit; Fall/Spring/Summer)

FLT317-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MTWF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT317-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
09/05/2017 MWThF 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT317-A
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MTWF 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
FLT317-B
Prather, Charles Daniel
01/09/2018 MWThF 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT326 Human Factors

A review of the psychological human factors that affect aviation, including individual and organizational factors, and technology-induced errors. Includes common human errors and detection and recovery skills. The chain of events leading up to an aircraft accident are examined in light of specific aircraft accidents. (3 units; Spring)

FLT326-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

FLT328 Aircraft Systems

An in-depth study of aircraft systems, including engine, fuel, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, flight control, and computer systems and displays. (3 units; Fall)

FLT328-A
Kirk, Robert F.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

FLT410 Turbine Systems

An in-depth study of turbine systems and turbine aircraft performance. Prerequisites: FLT 218 or 311. (3 units; Spring)Spring)(2wa]J

FLT410-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/09/2018 MWF 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT420 Crew Resource Management

An in-depth study of the complex multi-crew environment, including methods to enhance efficiency via a focus on interpersonal communication, leadership, and decision making. Designed to minimize accidents associated with human error. (3 units; Fall)

FLT420-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

FLT430 Airline Prep

Introduces the students to the policies, procedures, work practices, operating practices, and expectations for pilots in the airline industry. (3 units; Fall)

FLT430-A
Kirk, Robert F.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT498 Aviation Flight Capstone

Provides a senior culminating experience for aviation flight majors. Prerequisite: Senior Status.(3 units; Spring)

FLT498-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/09/2018 W 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

Optional Concentration in Dispatch (15 units)

AMG322 Aviation Safety

An introduction to the safety regulations, requirements, and environment in the U.S., including an in-depth examination of Safety Management Systems (SMS). (3 units; Spring)

AMG322-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AMG324 Aviation Security

An in-depth examination of security regulations, requirements, and environment in the U.S., including the role of the Department of Homeland Security in ensuring aviation security. (3 units; Fall)

AMG324-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 W 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

DSP330 Dispatch I

Provides an introduction to practical dispatch applications, including briefing techniques and preflight. Prerequisites: AVN 210 and FLT 311 Corequisite: AVN 310 and FLT 328. (3 units; Fall) (3 units; Fall)

DSP330-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

DSP430 Dispatch II

In-depth study of practical dispatch applications, including preflight, flight departure authorizations, in-flight operational control, and post-flight. With DSP 330, prepares students for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test. Prerequisite: DSP330. (3 units; Fall)

DSP497 Dispatch Capstone

Senior-level application of practical dispatch knowledge and techniques. Prerequisite: DSP330, 430 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)