Moody Bible Institute (Aviation)
With Moody Aviation, you can train to be a missionary pilot mechanic or maintenance specialist and develop technical and spiritual skills to equip you for the rigors of mission work. Experience comprehensive training that will prepare you to meet the challenges presented by missions flying and maintenance in diverse environments.
When you major in Missionary Aviation Technology, you decide a speciality focus—Flight or Maintenance—and train using a wide variety of mission-specific equipment, including tailwheel and high performance aircraft.
Building on over 65 years of experience in missionary aviation training, the Bachelor of Science in Missionary Aviation Technology degree program provides you with:
- 49 semester hours of Biblical Studies coursework
- 18 hours of General Education coursework
- and the technical training required to prepare you for the vital role in serving the world’s “flying missions.”
The Flight major coursework trains you to qualify for FAA Private, Instrument and Commercial certifications. Experience with high performance aircraft exposes you to the challenges associated with mission-field flying and seeks to develop the judgment, skill and overall airmanship required to fly successfully in a wide variety of contexts.
Program distinctions include an unparalleled cross-country flight project, as well as training in a wide variety of aircraft used currently on the mission field.
The Maintenance Specialist major builds on the foundation of Moody’s comprehensive AMT training. It includes engine overhaul, airframe rebuild, turbine engine maintenance and repair, avionics systems and installation and much more. Graduates also gain excellent inspection and troubleshooting skills to ensure the mission fleet they manage remains safe and airworthy.
Throughout the program's coursework, you will develop advanced maintenance training and acquire skills and practical experience, qualifying you as a specialist in maintenance, repair, servicing and inspection of aircraft and related equipment. Maintenance majors complete the program with an immersive internship, serving short-term in a missions, aviation and cross-cultural context – confirming your call in this exciting and rewarding field of service.
Moody Aviation students are trained by seasoned pilots, experienced maintenance specialists and mission agency members.
Studying under veteran missionary pilots and mechanics, Missionary Aviation Technology majors earn Private, Instrument and Commercial certifications while gaining advanced maintenance training, all with a solid biblical foundation.
"Today the need for missionary pilots and mechanics is greater than ever, making possible the work of Bible translation, church planting, disaster relief, emergency aid and transportation to the most remote regions of our world.
"Those who are called to share in the exciting work of mission aviation look forward with eager anticipation to watching the light of Christ dawn in dark places as the news of Christ's love reaches the ends of the earth for the very first time."
Department Manager Emeritus, Moody Aviation
As part of the B.S.M.A.T. training, students complete a required, 8-week internship to gain exposure and real-life experience working within a cross-cultural context. During this internship, you will gain an understanding of life in other cultures, as well as confidence in your ability to live and serve wherever the Lord sends you on mission.
Additionally, Flight majors participate in an unparalleled 3,000-mile extended cross-country project, including wilderness survival and first aid instruction.