Moody Aviation

A branch of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago

Do you have a love for God, a heart to serve, an interest in aviation, and technical aptitude? Consider serving Christ in the field of missionary aviation! Moody Bible Institute’s aviation program in Spokane, Washington integrates personal, relational, and spiritual mentorship with top-notch mission-focused aviation training. Students earn their Bachelor of Science in Missionary Aviation Technology from field-experienced aviation missionaries, earning first an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and then choosing to major in flight or maintenance.

The FAA approved 141 flight program is designed to prepare mission aviators through private, instrument and commercial pilot training while gaining high performance, complex, and tail wheel experience. Maintenance Specialists take on special projects in engine overhaul, airframe rebuild, turbine engine maintenance, and avionics installation as they develop inspection and trouble-shooting skills. Moody has been equipping the next generation of missionary aviators since 1946!

Available Degrees
  • Bachelor of Science
    Missionary Aviation Technology-Flight
  • Bachelor of Science
    Missionary Aviation Technology-Maintenance
Special Opportunities
  • Extended mountain navigation cross-country and unimproved airstrip project integrated into flight curriculum
  • Mission internships and practical Christian ministry involvement
  • Remote learning opportunities for Bible and Gen Ed coursework
  • Non-Degree options for those who already have experience
  • Technical evaluation preparation course
  • Approved graduates qualify for an early technical evaluation with partner missions
Program Strengths
Moody Aviation
  • Mission Aviation Training
  • Training missionary mechanics and pilots for more than 75 years
  • Longest-running training program specifically for missionary aviators
  • Students have served in more than 60 countries with over 110 mission organizations
  • Bachelor of Science in Mission Aviation Technology
  • Non-degree modular training available
Biblical Education
  • Solidify your identity in Christ
  • Develop spiritual readiness for missions
  • Live remote learning opportunities
  • Practical Christian ministry service engagement
Maintenance Training
  • 18-month FAA Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) program
  • TE prep (Technical Evaluation Preparation) Coursework
  • Work on aircraft similar to those used in missions
Maintenance Specialist post A&P practical experience building
  • Aircraft Inspections
  • Airframe Rebuild & Paint Projects
  • Avionics Installations
  • Build Servant-Leadership Skills
  • Piston Engine Overhaul
  • Troubleshooting
  • Turbine Familiarization, Inspection, Hot Section Inspection, Rigging
  • Welding and Machining
Flight Training
  • FAA Part 141 Private, Instrument, Commercial Certification
  • Earn Complex, High Performance and Tailwheel endorsements
  • Mountain Navigation and Unimproved Airstrip Operations during a one week extended cross country project
  • Wilderness First Aid and Survival Training
  • TE prep (Technical Evaluation Preparation) Coursework
  • Approved graduates qualify for an early TE with missions
  • Fleet includes Cessna 172R, R182 A185F, U206G and Frasca TruFlight AATDs
  • Optional CFI, CFII and Multi training
  • Flight graduates qualify for FAA RATP program
Core Values
  • Servanthood
  • Partnership
  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Excellence
Mission Internships
  • Develop mission partnerships
  • Cross-cultural ministry opportunities
Experienced Instructors
  • Staff have over 450 years of combined mission and aviation experience
  • Low student to instructor ratio
  • Mentorship
Aviation Financial Aid
  • Forgivable Loan Assistance Program for Students, FLAPS
  • Grants and Scholarships
  • Eligible for veteran’s benefits
  • PELL eligible
  • Partnership development training
Student Life
  • Build Lifetime Friendships
  • Learn to live in community
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Many outdoor recreation activities throughout the Inland Northwest
  • Cessna
  • 172R
  • 172M
  • R182
  • U206G
  • A185F
  • 310R
Faculty-to-Student Ratio
  • Bible/Gen Ed: Classroom sizes vary. Introductory courses range from 25-45 students while advanced courses range from 15-25.
  • Initial A&P: Classroom sizes vary between 20-35 students. Lab instruction varies depending on the project and instructor to student ratio ranges from 1:4 to 1:35.
  • Advanced Flight and Maintenance Training: Classroom sizes vary between 20-35 students. Flight instruction is one to one, but each instructor is assigned a group of students to work with. During introductory training each flight instructor works with 3-6 students. During advanced flight training, each instructor works with 2-4 students.
Hours Required for Degree
  • Bachelor of Science, Missionary Aviation Technology-Flight - 196
  • Bachelor of Science, Missionary Aviation Technology-Maintenance - 187
$450 per credit hour