Aviation, BS


The Aviation Department at San Diego Christian (SDCC) prepares men and women to serve the Lord as professional aviators in missionary, military, commercial, and in aviation management. Through a seamless integration of faith, academics and flight training, you can complete your certificates and ratings in an accelerated program allowing you the opportunity to begin your professional aviation career while completing your degree requirements.

Our flight school is less than a mile from campus, has its own academic classrooms on site, and was just chosen as the only flight school in the nation by Boeing as a pilot production school for them. As you read more about our programs, we hope you will take the opportunity to visit campus—we would love the opportunity to get to know you better.


There has never been a better time in history to begin a career in professional aviation.

We offer training in Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); CFI Instrument (CFII); Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI). SDC has a letter of agreement (LOA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizing our graduates with 60 approved aviation units to apply for their Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP-R) certificate with only 1000 flight hours rather than 1500 flight hours for non-aviation university graduates.


Commercial Partners:

Some of our commercial partners include Envoy, ExpressJet, Horizon, GoJet, Piedmont, and Mesa Airlines.


Missionary Partners:

We team with Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF), JAARS, and UIM just to mention a few. Missionary Loan program: This program provides funds to those called to missionary aviation to help defray costs through donations given to the program to distribute.


Student Community Involvement:

Alpha Eta Rho (AER), Sigma Delta Chi chapter is a professional co-ed fraternity available at SDC. Our National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Hawks Flight Team has competed at the national championship level eight years in a row.

Program Details

SDCC aviation department meets all Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) requirements in our Part 141 program allowing our graduates to fly for commercial airlines at the reduced 1,000 hours versus 1,500 hours. Aviation degree will require a minimum of 124 credit hours:

62 – General Education credit hours

47 -Credit hours in the Aviation Program

15 -General Elective credit hours

Aviation management degree is also offered. Required program specific courses and credits for aviation majors. Students pursuing a degree in aviation from SDCC can choose from the following concentrations:

  • Aviation Management
  • Commercial Pilot (single engine and multi-engine)
  • Military Pilot
  • Missionary Pilot


Alumni Success

SDCC has graduates that are making an impact in all disciplines of aviation. We are proud of all their accomplishments and the following stories are merely a small representation of the breadth and depth of their impact.

“SDCC is the place where my dreams started to come true. I deeply wanted to be a pilot and at SDCC I received the training I needed, and now I’m flying! To major in aviation, you have to be dedicated and diligent. It takes work and sometimes it’s stressful, but it’s always fun. SDCC has the best flight instructors and ground courses. You won’t find a better aviation education.” – Josh

“I wanted to say thank you again for helping me get to this point, words cannot describe how grateful I am. I will graduate USMC: The Basic School (TBS) in September and then I will head straight to Pensacola to start pilot training!” – Lt. Dominic Anxo, USMC Pilot Training