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Flight School

Flight Instructors

California Baptist University sets high standards for its flight training, and hires only the most experienced flight instructors. Our instructors come from many different types of backgrounds including from aeronautical universities, part 61 operations, and the military.

CBU flight instructors not only teach the students of our flight school, but also train the students coming from California Baptist University enrolled in the Aviation Science program. Therefore, everyone who trains at CBU flight school will receive only the most professional, university-level standard of flight instruction.

Our flight instructors are also mentored by our Chief Flight Instructor to certify our students are happy with their training and are receiving quality instruction. Our students will perform stage checks throughout their training with the Chief Flight Instructor to confirm the student is progressing well through training and ready to move on to the next phase. This ensures a higher success rate for the student when they ready to go for the practical test with the FAA examiner.

Our Flight Instructors

Jared Tapsfield

Chief Flight Instructor CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Jared grew up with a fascination for aviation at a young age.  In 2008 he obtained his flight instructor certificates and has been teaching since.  Joining CBU in September of 2014 as a flight instructor, Jared transitioned from flight instructor to Assistant Chief Flight Instructor in June of 2015.  Jared now serves as Chief Flight Instructor since March of 2017.  Jared enjoys his new responsibilities and enjoys the challenges each day brings, sharing his passion for aviation with each CBU flight student. 

Lee Foster

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor CFI, CFII, MEI

Lee Foster is a career flight instructor. Her first flight was when she was 11 days old and she grew up around aviaition. She began flying in 2000 graduating from Prescott, AZ campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science in 2004. She began teaching in Arizona in 2005 and has taught in several flight programs through the years. During her flying career she's enjoyed everything from the desserts of the Southwest to the mountains of Colorado to the piney forest of Northeast Texas. She came onboard with Cal Baptist in August 2016. She finds great joy in spending time with students and values being able to share her love of aviaiton with the next generation of pilots. She is a CFI, CFII, MEI, and tail drager pilot who is also type-rated in Canada Air Regional Jet.

Lacey Schimming

CFI, MEI

Lacey will be graduating from CBU in May with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Flight. She was one of the first students to join the flight program and our first student to earn her pilots certificate through our flight school in 2014. Lacey now holds her Certified Flight Instructor and Multiengine Flight Instructor certificates. She is passionate about flying and loves helping her students accomplish their goals.

Jen Endeman

CFI, MEI

Jennifer was raised in Southern California.  She attended California Baptist University and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation Flight, earning Magna cum Laude.  Jennifer experienced CBU’s aviation program first-hand, and graduated in the inaugural class for the Aviation Flight degree.Due to this first-hand experience, Jennifer is familiar with the functions of the program.  During her time at CBU, Jennifer was awarded Top Female Pilot in the NIFA Regional Competition in 2014.  Jennifer has obtained her CFI and MEI licenses and is passionate about aviation education and flight instruction

Aaron Varela

 CFI

Aaron grew up having a fascination with aviation and decided at an early age that he would be a pilot. He completed flight training at San Diego Christian College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Technology in 2011. After graduation he worked as a CFI at the SDCC flight school. In 2012 Aaron was hired by a large defense contractor to fly UAVs for the U.S. military as a civilian. During his five years with the company Aaron deployed overseas multiple times, logging over 2600 flight hours in support of military operations. In 2017, after much prayer Aaron decided to leave his job to begin preparing he and his family for possible service in missionary aviation. Aaron joined the CBU team in December 2017 as a CFI and also began instructing several of CBU’s UAS courses. Besides CBU aircraft and UAVs Aaron loves helicopters. He is currently finishing his helicopter pilot certification in hopes of using those skills in the future to serve the Lord and people in remote locations. As an instructor Aaron enjoys getting to know his students and helping them as they begin their own unique journey in aviation

Howard Dang

 CFI, CFII

I’ve been in love with airplanes ever since I was a kid and decided that one day I have to become a professional pilot. I moved to Riverside in the early 2000s and was fortunate to reside near the Riverside Airport. Surrounding myself with aircraft and attending the annual Riverside Airshow  inspires me even more to become a the best pilot I can be. Before graduating from California Baptist University in 2017 I was a team captian on the former CBU's flight team. In 2016, I received a conditional job offer from ExpressJet. Instructing at CBU has been an incredible experiance. 

Bradley Milne

 CFI

Becoming a pilot was something I always knew I wanted to do.  Some of my earliest childhood memories are being glued to the window the entire flight as we flew to Toronto to visit my grandparents. This dream led me to attend Walla Walla University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology in 2014.  During my summers while attending WWU, I flew as an aerial photography pilot for an agricultural company.  This was a very valuable experience, but I knew I did not want to be an AG pilot long term.  I decided to pursue becoming a flight instructor and finished in August 2017.  I am excited to share my passion for flying with my students and help them achieve their goals.   

Asher Sherburne

CFI; CFII; MEI
A&P Mechanic

Asher is a very experienced flight instructor, who has been teaching in Riverside area for quite some time. Being a Riverside native, Asher is very familiar with the aircraft, operations, and services of the airport. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from LeTourneau University. Asher is also a skilled A&P mechanic, and when he is not flying he works on maintaining our aircraft and keeping the students and flight instructors safe while in the air.