Aviation FAQs
 
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 Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. How and when do I apply? 
  2. What do I need to qualify for the Aviation Program? 
  3. What other aviation equipment will I need? 
  4. What does it cost?  
  5. How many students are in the flight program?  
  6. Can I participate in sports as well as Aviation? 
  7. Do I need to have a car as an aviation student?  
  8. Are scholarships available?  
  9. Should I visit the campus?  
  10. Do you compete in the National Intercollegiate Flight Association (NIFA) SAFECON competition events?  
  11. Are you a member of the University Aviation Association?  
  12. Are you a member of International Association of Missionary Aviation?  
  13. Is your program accredited?  
  14. What type of experience does your staff have? 
  15. What is the Missionary Pilot Loan Forgiveness Program? 
  16. What medical requirements do I need to qualify for the Aviation Program? 

 1. How and when do I apply?   

You must fill out a completed application for San Diego Christian College, and upon acceptance you declare Aviation Technology as your major. Missionary pilot candidates will specify Missionary Aviation as their major. For more information about applying for admission to SDCC, go to our Admission’s page: Admissions information and links  

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2. What do I need to qualify for the Aviation Program?
To qualify for admission into the Aviation Program, you must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and be accepted by San Diego Christian College. You must also be able to pass the FAA 2nd class medical and have eyesight that is correctable to 20/20. For information about FAA medicals please go to: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/

We highly recommend checking with a local airport source for a personal reference to an AME. This website allows you to find a list of FAA medical doctors in your area. Additionally, we will need a readable copy of your birth certificate and government photo ID or current passport upon acceptance into the program.

 

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3. What other aviation equipment will I need?  

Most of the resources used in ground school classes are free downloads from the FAA download website. The syllabus for each course will list the FAA publications used in class. You can download them or purchase hard copies of these books from vendors, including SDCC Aero - the company that provides flight training for SDCC.

The primary item each student should have is a personal headset. We recommend "active noise reduction" (ANR) headsets because they protect hearing better than the passive headsets. ANR headsets are more expensive. You can find used headsets available from Craigslist or Ebay. You can purchase pilot supplies including course books, headsets, plotters etc. for SDCC Aviation classes as needed. You do not have to buy equipment prior to arriving at SDCC. There are numerous local and online sources for aviation supplies including SDCC AERO. Locally, El Cajon Aircraft Supply and Marv Golden Discount Pilot Supplies provide aviation products for pilots and both offer discounts to SDCC aviators upon request.

The cost of supplies is not included in course fees, and are in addition to tuition, room and board, and flight fees paid to the college.

Jeppesen products are available through JeppDirect, and offer pilot supplies and IFR charting solutions for instrument pilots.

El Cajon Aircraft Supply (located on Gillespie Field KSEE – 10 minutes from SDCC)
El Cajon Aircraft Supply - gives SDCC a discount

Marv Golden Discount Pilot Supplies (located on Montgomery Field KMYF – 25 minutes from SDCC)
Marv Golden Discount Pilot Supplies (mention SDCC for discount)

We recommend iPads for aviation students. iPads are not required, however, they are more convenient than a laptop. Laptop computers will work for most situations except they cannot be used in the cockpit as an EFB -or Electronic Flight Bag. Some of our ground school courses use online resources that work well on iPad. The iPad also acts as a portable repository for SDCC documents, syllabi, online text books, and free FAA publications that are the core text resource for aviation ground school classes. iPads will also contain the POH (Pilot Operating Handbook), AeroNav charts, Safety guides, checklists, and maneuvers guides. In addition, aviation charts, instrument approach plates, and FAA regulations are easily contained in aviation programs such as iEFB, Foreflight, etc.

For those with iPads (and in some cases Kindles), ASA has an "e-Book" site where you can purchase aviation text books in an electronic version for much less than the hardcopy. Not all texts will be available but you should use this site as a resource if you used electronic media either on an iPad or laptop computer: 

Electronic Aviation books for iPad and Kindle 

 

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4. What does it cost?
The Aviation program averages approximately $5000 per semester over and above tuition, room and board. The flight fees consist of the hourly rental rate for the airplane and flight instructor fees. The average cost of the program after four years is between $40,000 and $45,000. There are many scholarships available to help defray the cost of flying and we encourage our students to apply to all they qualify for: Links to a partial list of aviation scholarships 

 

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5. How many students are in the flight program?
For Fall 2012 we have approximately 50 students enrolled in the Aviation Degree program.  

 

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6. Can I participate in sports as well as Aviation?
Yes, but…We have many students that are involved in both aviation and sports. Check with your coach first. Collegiate sports are very demanding –but so is aviation. So we will need to carefully schedule your classes and flight blocks.

 

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7. Do I need to have a car as an aviation student?
Our flight training facility, SDCC Aero, is located at Gillespie Field approximately 7 miles from campus. It is highly recommended that aviation students have their own transportation. Students frequently take care of each other and offer rides back and forth but some time may be spent waiting for a ride depending on who is available with a vehicle. If it is impossible for the student to have a car, you should be aware of the following:  

  1. Unless students have their own vehicle, transportation is not guaranteed.
  2. It is up to the student who needs transportation to request the help.
  3. Flight times are mandatory classes- absences and tardiness will not be accepted.

8. Are scholarships available?
There are many aviation scholarships available, especially for women and incoming freshmen. Please see the link above for further information.

 

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9. Should I visit the campus?
I highly recommend that you come visit us at any time. SDCC sponsors College for a Weekend events that you can participate in or you can simply call us to arrange a visit. We encourage you to attend an aviation class or two during your visit. We can schedule tours Monday-Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

 

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10. Do you compete in the National Intercollegiate Flight Association (NIFA) SAFECON competition events?
Yes, we are in Region II. Our opponents in Region II are Embry Riddle (Prescott Campus), Mount San Antonio College, Cypress College, Orange Coast College and San Jose State University. We also compete with the US Air Force Academy as an “out of region” guest. Every fourth year we host the NIFA Region II Championships at Gillespie Field. This year, the Regional Championships will be at San Jose State University January 16-20, 2013.

SDCC Flight Team has competed in the NIFA National Championships for the past 4 years in a row. In May our Flight Team placed 18th in the nation at the National Championships at Kansas State University in Salina KS. This is the highest ever finish for our team. Flight Team is also considered a Student Ministry.
National College Flying Championships blog: SDCC places 18th at KSU championships

 

 

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11. Are you a member of the University Aviation Association?
Yes. 

 

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12. Are you a member of International Association of Missionary Aviation?
Yes.

 

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13. Is your program accredited?
Yes, we are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

 

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14. What type of experience does your staff have?
Our Director of Aviation has over 40 years of aviation experience in military, airline and general aviation flying. Captain Denny Breslin has over 21,000 flight hours ranging from J-3 Cubs to Boeing 777’s (and over 800 parachute jumps!) He was a US Navy pilot, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander with a combined total of 7 years active and 6 years in the Navy reserves. He has been our Director since retiring from American Airlines in 2008.

 

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15. What is the Missionary Pilot Loan Forgiveness Program?
Pilots who aspire to the mission field may apply for a loan to cover the cost of flight training. Aviation flight training includes plane rental and flight instructor fees. Over the course of a 4-year degree, flight, or “lab” fees average about $45,000 over and above tuition, room and board. If the student is accepted into the loan forgiveness program, they are loaned the money for flight training. Upon graduation, if they are accepted by an approved missionary aviation organization, their loan is forgiven at the rate of 25% per year. If they drop out of the program the loans must be repaid to the college. Here are some additional details: Missionary Pilot Loan Forgiveness Program 

 

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 16. What medical requirements do I need to qualify for the Aviation Program?  


You must be able to pass the FAA 2nd class medical exam and have eyesight that is correctable to 20/20. We recommend your first flight physical from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) be a first class exam so you can know that you meet the requirements for the highest medical class given. First class medical is a requirement for an airline transport pilot rating (ATP). You can choose any AME you wish, but our recommendation is that you ask local pilots for a recommendation before making an appointment.

You can find a list of AME's here: FAA AME locator Choice of a "pilot advocate" AME is important. If you do not have an AME in your area, we recommend contacting Dr. Larry Marshall in Lakeside CA, located 5 minutes from Gillespie Field. Here is his contact information:


Larry J Marshall MD 
12517 Lakeshore Drive
Lakeside, CA 92040
Phone: (619) 443-3843

Additionally, we will need a readable copy of your birth certificate and government photo ID or current passport upon acceptance into the program. This is a DHS rule to prove citizenship.


 

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