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 135/121 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
Chief Flight Instructor CFI, CFII, MEI
Maria LeBlanc is the Chief Flight Instructor for California Baptist University. She has been a flight instructor for 10 years and has gained much experience in the Inland Empire area. Mrs. LeBlanc graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from LeTourneau University where she was also named “Top Female Pilot” in 2005. She was also featured in the January 2014 issue of Inland Empire magazine as one of the top 35 “Women to Watch”. Maria was the recipient of an ATP scholarship in 2016 from Women in Aviation International that will further enhance her comprehensive set of flight ratings. Mrs. Leblanc was selected by CBU as their Chief Flight Instructor at the beginning of the Aviation Science program and has been instrumental in developing the program.
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.
Hannah has earned all her certificates through CBU Flight School and will be completing her Bachelor of Science degree in May of 2017 in Aviation Flight. She became a flight instructor for CBU Flight School in September of 2016. She has been captain of the CBU Flying Lancers Flight Team, president/founder of the CBU Blue Yonder WAI Chapter, and was also the first to apply to our aviation program back in 2013. Flying is her passion and she is continuing to pursue her dreams. She currently flight instructs in our Cessna 172s and Beechcraft Duchesses.
Timothy Jeffers decided he wanted to become a professional pilot as a small child. He began flying in 2012 and graduated from LeTourneau University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with an Aviation Maintenance concentration. He very much enjoys being in the air, especially at night where he can watch the city lights from above. He also enjoys flying tail draggers. He is a CFI, MEI, and A&P Mechanic. He began teaching at Cal Baptist in August of 2016 and is excited to pass his joy of flying on to others.
Kyle graduated from Citrus Community College in Glendora, CA with an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences before pursuing a degree in aviation at LeTourneau University in Longview, TX. After attending LeTourneau for a year and a half and earning his private pilot certificate he decided to transfer to CBU to finish his aviation degree and flight training closer to home. Kyle was one of the first Aviation Flight majors to graduate CBU's Aviation Science program in April of 2016. Kyle is also one of CBU's first students to become a flight instructor for the university. He earned his MEI (Multi Engine Instructor) certificate in August of 2016 followed shortly thereafter by his CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) certificate in September of 2016. Kyle was one of four CBU students to earn a conditional job offer from Express Jet Airlines prior to graduating. He began instructing for CBU starting in the Fall of 2016 and is looking forward to what the future of CBU's Aviation Science program has in store.
CFI, CFII, MEI
Sean has been flying professionally for over ten years and has accumulated over 3,300 flight hours. He holds the Airline Transport Pilot license, Certificated Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings, as well as multiple type ratings in turbine powered aircraft. He has flown for a regional airline and multiple charter operations while gaining experience and knowledge which he hopes can be passed on to the program's students to help them become successful in their careers as professional pilots.
Lee Foster is a career flight instructor. Her first flight was when she was 11 days old and she grew up around aviation. She began flying in 2000 graduating from the 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 forests of northeast Texas. She came onboard with Cal Baptist in August of 2016. She finds great joy in spending time with students and values being able to share her love of aviation with the next generation of pilots. She is a CFI, CFII, and tail dragger pilot who is also type-rated in the Canada Air Regional Jet.
CFI; CFII; MEI
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.
CFI; CFII; MEI
Aaron has been fascinated with aviation since he was a small boy and has grown even more captivated throughout his many travels over-seas. Aaron graduated from Riverside Community College with his degree and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and served in Los Angeles County for several years, although with God’s guidance, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He obtained most of his aviation ratings at his hometown airport, Riverside Municipal, graduating from a regional Airline career pilot program. Throughout his training, Aaron discovered his love for teaching others about the gift of aviation and wants to use this knowledge to inspire others and to act as a beacon for God’s light to shine on my students and guide them in their flight training."