Students who want to learn how to fly can do so locally at the UVU flight training
facility. They will receive pilot training and have the opportunity to earn their
pilot license while using our state-of-the-art facilities and receive personal instruction
from faculty and staff. Local students also have the option to take online courses
if they wish, but all FAA ground & flight courses must be taken on-site. Students
in the Professional Pilot program will train with UVU’s FAA Certified Flight Instructors,
many of whom are our best alumni.
UVU stands out as the top choice for students seeking an excellent safety record,
rigorous flight training, and great career placement. UVU operates the safest and
most advanced training aircraft fleet in the world. The fleet includes the Diamond
DA20 Katana, DA40 Diamond Star, and the DA42 Twin Star (a performance twin-engine
aircraft.) The all-Diamond fleet offers advantages in safety and lower maintenance
costs which are reflected in our competitive aircraft rental rates. Our fleet of 23
aircraft allows training in “glass cockpit” (computerized instruments) and is maintained
in our own FAA part 145 repair station which no other school offers.
Students seeking managerial aviation careers, or who wish to pursue helicopter or
non-fixed-wing training, are best suited for our Aviation Administration degree. Completion
of the curriculum will produce a well-rounded graduate with a combination of industry
knowledge and general business management skills. Graduates will find employment in
a variety of areas within aviation, and the degree can be a useful bridge into graduate
SkyWest Bridge Program
UVU has partnered with SkyWest Airlines and is pleased to offer access to the SkyWest
Pilot Cadet Program – an unmatched opportunity for students who are interested in
becoming a pilot at SkyWest Airlines. Students who qualify for the program will receive
a guaranteed interview with SkyWest for a first officer position, mentorship and close
association with SkyWest pilots, a conditional offer of employment, and potential
opportunities to participate in recruitment events and outreach programs within the
community. More information on SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program
A ruling by Congress which went into effect in 2013 requires all airline pilots to
have an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. The R-ATP (Restricted Airline Transport
Pilot) allows an airline to hire a pilot with fewer hours of flight time. Students
flying at the UVU training facility can benefit from this provision. You may view
the official ruling FAR 61.159 and 61.160 on the FAA website.
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
- Complete coursework from the FAA-approved course list
- 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
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 as "Institution Credit" (not "Transfer
Credit") then it is eligible to count towards the required 30 or 60 credit hours,
provided it is a course on the approved list.
- Challenge or experiential credits do not qualify toward the 30 or 60 credit hour requirement.
- For information on what transfer credits qualify, see "What if I transferred to UVU
from another university?" below.
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, then you are eligible for the R-ATP at 1,000 hours. If you have completed between
30-59 credits, then you will need at least 1,250 hours total flight time as a pilot.
What if I transferred to UVU from another university?
- Assuming that the courses are transferable to your UVU degree program, credits transferred
to UVU may qualify toward the 30 or 60 credit requirement only if 1) the courses were
completed at another institution of higher learning that has received authorization
from FAA to certify its graduates for R-ATP and UVU obtains a copy of that institution's
Letter of Authorization, 2) the course is on that institution's approved course list,
and 3) the student includes official transcripts from that institution on their application
for UVU R-ATP Graduate Certification.
- 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. To apply that training to a UVU graduate certification, UVU must have an
official copy of your 141 instrument and 141 commercial graduation certificates.
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.