You may know the ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) rating is required for airline transport category operations – and it the requirements to get an ATP rating are 1500 hours total time. What you may not know is that the FAA put aside or reduced some of those required hours as part of the Restricted ATP (R-ATP) certification. This means you can qualify to fly for the airlines with less than the standard 1500 required hours. As per the FAA (ATP) Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience Graduates of an institution of higher education that have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization to certify graduates may be eligible to apply for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot (R-ATP) certificate. The total flight time requirements for a restricted privileges ATP Certificate based on a degree with an aviation major are found in §61.160.
American Winds College of Aeronautics has received an FAA Letter of Authorization (LOA) and can be found on the FAA’s list of approved Institutions Authorized to Certify its Graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience – found here: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/atp/media/Institutional_Authority_List.pdf
- Holds a Bachelor’s degree with an aviation major from an institution of higher education, as defined in §61.1, that has been issued a letter of authorization by the Administrator under §61.169;
- Completes 60 semester credit hours of aviation and aviation-related coursework that has been recognized by the Administrator as coursework designed to improve and enhance the knowledge and skills of a person seeking a career as a professional pilot;
- Holds a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and instrument rating if:
(i) The required ground training was completed as part of an approved part 141 curriculum at the institution of higher education; and
(ii) The required flight training was completed as part of an approved part 141 curriculum at the institution of higher education or at a part 141 pilot school that has a training agreement under §141.26 of this chapter with the institution of higher education; and4. Presents official transcripts or other documentation acceptable to the Administrator from the institution of higher education certifying that the graduate has satisfied the requirements in paragraphs (b)(1) through (3) of this section.