NEW FAA RULING - ATP REQUIREMENT
On August 1, 2010 Public Law 111-216 was passed requiring that all Part 121 flight crew members hold an ATP Certificate by August 2, 2013. It also required substantial changes to experience and training. The FAA reviewed ATP eligibility & certification requirements and issued the final rule on July 10, 2013.
Prior to this rule, First Officers at Part 121 air carriers were not required to hold an ATP certificate. The typical path of a UVU student pursuing an airline career was as follows:
- Completion of necessary flight certificates & ratings to qualify for employment as a Certified Flight Instructor.
- Pursuit & completion of a Bachelor or Associate degree which requires completion of a Commercial Pilot Certificate with a Multi-Engine Rating. Students normally obtain their Certified Flight Instructor Certificate as well.
- Begin employment as a CFI at UVU or elsewhere to begin building necessary flight hours for airline or other professional pilot employment. Many students begin this process while finishing their degree.
- For Part 121 airline employment, graduates typically needed a minimum of 1,000 total flight hours, with no ATP certificate required.
This pathway to the airline pilot career is still in place, but students will now be required to obtain an ATP certificate to get that first airline job. The ATP certificate requires that the applicant be at least 23 years of age and have a minimum of 1,500 hours of total flight time.
Alternatively, the FAA has made provision for a Restricted ATP Certificate (R-ATP) for First Officer candidates only. The R-ATP certificate can be obtained at 21 years of age and in one of the following ways. One of these options may work for you, depending on your situation:
- Have 1,500 total flight hours and 200 hours cross country time (lowered from 500 hours)
- University graduate option at 1,000 total flight hours, 200 hours cross country
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree with an aviation major from an accredited Institution of Higher Education (defined by the Dept. of Education). Institutions must receive approval through a Letter of Authorization process.
- Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating.
- Ground training must be Part 141 and received by an approved institution.
- Flight training must be Part 141 and received by an approved institution or flight school that has a training agreement with the institution.
- College graduate option at 1,250 total flight hours, 200 hours cross country – Same requirements as above, but an Associate degree is required.
- Military – Applicant must have 750 hours of flight time as a military pilot.
What is UVU’s status?
- UVU is an FAA Certified Part 141 training provider and is accepting Part 141 Instrument students this Fall (see #2 above).
- UVU is a Regionally Accredited institution (see #2 above).
- As required of all institutions, UVU is pursuing authorization for its degree program to allow graduates to qualify for the R-ATP certificate.