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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.

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

Our Flight Instructors

Howard Dang
CFI, CFII
Howard has been in love with airplanes ever since he was a kid and decided that one day he would have to become a professional pilot. He moved to Riverside in the early 2000s and is fortunate to reside near the Riverside Airport. Surrounding himself with aircraft and attending the annual Riverside Airshow inspires him even more to become the best pilot he can be. Before graduating from California Baptist University in 2017, he was a team captain on CBU's former flight team. In 2016, he received a conditional job offer from ExpressJet. Instructing at CBU has been an incredible experience. 

Jen Endeman
CFI, MEI
Jennifer was raised in Southern California. She attended California Baptist University and received a Bachelor of Science 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.

Kihan Park
CFI, CFII, MEI
Kihan is originally from South Korea, where he attend university to receive his two bachelor’s degrees, one in economics and the other in international trade. Kihan served in the Korean Armed Forces as a helicopter pilot for 10 years and earned many awards throughout his career. Kihan then transitioned into the civilian world and began teaching as a Certified Flight Instructor throughout Southern California. He has experience working for regional airlines and has a Chief Flight Instructor certificate with over 4,900 flight hours and over 3,900 hours dual given. Kihan has earned his FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate in an EMB-145 and holds his CFI, CFII and MEI.

Lacey Schimming
CFI, MEI
Lacey was one of the first students to join the flight program and our first student to earn her pilot's certificate through our flight school in 2014. Lacey now holds her Certified Flight Instructor and Multi-engine Flight Instructor certificates. She is passionate about flying and loves helping her students accomplish their goals.

Asher Sherburne
CFI, CFII, MEI
A&P Mechanic
Asher is a very experienced flight instructor who has been teaching in the 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 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.

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 2,600 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.