The Civil Aviation Flight University of China, short for CAFUC, established in 1956, is a full-time university directly under Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), developed by CAAC and Sichuan Province. As the main university cultivating highly qualified talents for Chinese civil aviation industry, after over 60 years construction and development, CAFUC has become the university with the largest training scale, the strongest training ability, and the highest training standard in terms of the world’s civil aviation professional pilot training. It is well-known in China and has a high influence in civil aviation in the world. more than 70% Chinese airlines pilots and over 80% Chinese captains graduated from it, making the university the “cradle of Chinese airline pilots”.
Originated from the People’s Army, CAFUC’s predecessor is the 14th Avition School of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. In 1956, Premier Zhou Enlai approved its establishment and its military and political leaders were appointed by Chairman Mao Zedong. With the special mission of cultivating qualified civil aviation talents for the country, it was established with the start of the civil aviation industry of People’s Republic of China. The headquarters of the college is located in Guanghan, Sichuan Province, in the hinterland of Chengdu Plain, adjacent to Qingbaijiang District of Chengdu. The seven campuses of CAFUC are located in 5 cities of Sichuan province and Henan province, covering over 469 acres. CAFUC has established five flight training colleges in Xinjin, Guanghan, Mianyang, Suining of Sichuan Province and Luoyang of Henan Province, and established cooperative flight training bases in Zigong,Yongchuan, Wuzhou and Harbin. At present, CAFUC owns and operates 5 general aviation airports and transport aviation airports, with a fleet of over 400 junior, middle and advanced training aircrafts in 22 models. Over the past 65 years, CAFUC has managed and operated more than 700 various types of training aircrafts.
Focusing on civil aviation, adhering to characteristic development, CAFUC has formed a discipline and speicalty system focusing on engineering and coordinated development of science, engineering, literature, management, law, and art. There are more than 1,300 full-time teachers, including more than 400 dual-qualification teachers, more than 600 teachers with senior professional titles such as senior pilots, professors, and researchers. Young and middle-aged teachers with doctoral and master's degrees account for more than 75% of the total number of teachers.
Currently, CAFUC has more than 23,000 full-time students, including more than 10,000 students majoring in flight technology, making it the national main position for training civil aviation talents throughout the entire process. After more than 60 years of construction and development, CAFUC has cultivated nearly 200,000 civil aviation professionals, and there are more than 5,000 management talents and heroic alumni who have led the safe development of the civil aviation industry in different periods and different fields, among whom there were anti-hijacking heroes Wang Yixuan, Zhang Yuansheng, and Yan Wenhua who fight against gangsters and protect people’s lives and property, Ni Jiexiang, the heroic captain who moved China, Liu Jinping, the heroic captain who flew over the Kosovo war, the chief test crew of the domestically-made large aircraft ARJ21, C919, and AG600, members of Chinese Civil Aviation Hero Crew and so on.
After more than 60 years of teaching and practice, CAFUC has formed a transport aviation pilot training system with Chinese characteristics, and is deeply involved in the formulation of civil aviation regulations and standards. CAFUC has systematically established a complete civil aviation flight training standard, which has realized the seamless connection from flight students to airline transport aircraft pilots. CAFUC, who creates and maintains the highest global aviation safety record, has won the Five-Star Flight Training Safety Award of China's Civil Aviation for its outstanding flight training safety performance. In 2020, the amount of aircraft training hit 273,000 flight hours, accounting for 74% of the total number in the field of flight training in Chinese general aviation.
The college insists on scientific and technological innovation as the support for the construction of a powerful civil aviation country in the new era. Based on the Four-type Scientific Research Institutes and Five Bases of CAAC, CAFUC has built and deployed scientific and technological innovation platforms forming a scientific research resource system of a certain scale, covering the fields including civil aviation flight technology and safety, airworthiness and maintenance, general aviation and so on.
CAFUC has established extensive communication and cooperation relations with international and regional civil aviation organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with aviation organizations and flight institutes in 21 countries including the United States, France, England and so on, and with well-known aviation manufacturing companies such as Boeing, Airbus, General Electric and International Aviation Engine Corporation.
For more than 60 years, CAFUC has always adhered to the education policy of Chinese Communist Party and the country, inherited and carried forward the “red gene” of the People’s Liberation Army, sticked to the university motto of “flying far and high, studying deeply and practically”, promoted the university spirit of “loyalty and unity, diligence and rigor, safety and precision, truth-seeking and innovation”, deepened the objective consciousness of “The people send me to learn to fly, I learn to fly for the people”, passed on the educational concept of “helping thinking, teaching technology, and bringing style”, which formed a university culture with CAFUC characteristics. Based on civil aviation, supporting civil aviation and dedicating to the country’s sky, CAFUC is praised by mainstream media as “a university supports an industry”.
Today, standing at the historical intersection of the Two Centenary Goal, CAFUC will adhere to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era as the guidance, carry on the blood heritage of the People’s Liberation Army, educate talents for CCP and PRC, shoulder the responsibility of developing the industry through science and education, strive to build a “world-class flight university”, contribute to the high-quality development of civil aviation, promote the new journey of building a powerful civil aviation country and make new and greater contributions to the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation!