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Get some answers to your most pressing FAQs on R-ATP

We recently announced that UVU School of Aviation Sciences students may now benefit from the R-ATP (Restricted Airline Transport Pilot) ruling, which allows airlines to hire pilots with fewer hours of flight time. Here are the answers to FAQs about the ruling FAR 61.159 and FAR 61.160.

What is the benefit of earning the R-ATP?
Not all flight programs can qualify you for the R-ATP. If you graduate from UVU’s FAA-approved degree program and meet certain requirements, you will be eligible to receive your R-ATP at 1,000 or 1,250 hours rather than the usual 1,500 hours for an ATP certificate. This will make you eligible for hiring by Part 121 carriers (scheduled airlines) between 250 and 500 hours sooner than students at other non-qualifying programs.

What steps do I need to take to earn the R-ATP?
*Graduate with a B.S. degree in Professional Pilot at UVU
*Complete Instrument flight and ground training under Part 141 at UVU
*Complete Commercial flight and ground training under Part 141 at UVU
*After Aug 1, 2014, complete the ATP-CTP course
*Complete the ATP Knowledge Exam at an authorized testing center
*If you have completed the prescribed 60 credit hours in your degree, build your flight time to 1,000 hours with 200 cross-country hours.
*If you have completed between 30 and 60 of the prescribed credit hours, build your flight time to 1,250 hours with 200 cross-country hours.
*Complete the FAA ATP Practical Exam

Will I need an R-ATP before I can get hired by an airline?
It is possible to get hired prior to having the actual R-ATP certificate, however in the United States, most airlines will require you to have at least the minimum flight time required for the R-ATP. Prior to flying however, you will need the actual certificate.

Is UVU approved to qualify students for an R-ATP?
Yes, UVU received the official Letter of Authorization from the FAA in June 2014.

How much flight time is required for an R-ATP?
If you graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree from UVU’s Aviation Science Program with at least 60 credit hours from our FAA approved course list, you will need a minimum of 1000 hours total time to meet the requirements of FAR 61.160. In addition, you would need 200 hours of cross-country time, 100 hours of night time, and 50 hours of flight time in the class of aircraft in which you are seeking your R-ATP (in most cases, multi-engine time). If you graduate with the Associate of Applied Science degree with 30-60 credit hours from our FAA approved course list, you will need a minimum of 1,250 hours total time with the same additional requirements listed above. Please reference FAR 61.160(b), (f), and 61.159(a).

What if I “tested out” of a course and received credit, even though I never actually attended the UVU course?
If the course appears on your official transcript, then it is eligible to count towards the required 60 credit hours, provided it is a course on the approved list.

What if I don’t have 60 credit hours from the approved list?
If you graduate from an approved major and you complete 60 credits from the approved course list (see an advisor), then you are eligible for the R-ATP at 1,000 hours. If you have completed between 30-59 credits, then you will need 1,250 hours.

What if I transferred to UVU from another university?
As long as the university and the courses you completed at that university were authorized by the FAA, the credit will transfer (assuming that the courses are transferable to your UVU degree program.) In order for Instrument and Commercial flight training to be transferred, it must have been completed at an approved university under an approved FAA Part 141 training program.

What is the difference between the R-ATP and an ATP with full privileges?
The R-ATP authorizes you to act as second-in-command only. It does not authorize you to act as PIC (Pilot in Command) at a U.S. Part 121 air carrier (scheduled airline), but the knowledge and skill requirements are the same for both. An ATP with full privileges can be obtained once you have met the specified age and flight time requirements.
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