FAA flight training is required for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science - Professional Pilot degree and either of our associate degrees. Students must complete training either at the UVU facility at the Provo Airport, or for online students, at a flight school of their choosing. 

In addition to the standard UVU admission requirements, students should expect to complete additional steps to qualify and prepare for flight training. Online students will need to abide by any requirements of their chosen flight school.

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UVU Flight Training Qualifications

Admission to the on-campus flight training program is contingent upon the completion of a points-based application and all prerequisites. It is a rigorous, time-intensive program and requires full commitment each semester from the first day of class until the last. Once admitted and assigned a flight schedule, students should make necessary arrangements to attend every flight training session in order to progress through the training curriculum as efficiently as possible and avoid “no-show” charges.

Students for whom English is a second language are admitted but must demonstrate an acceptable level of English skills prior to beginning flight training. New students may be required to complete oral and written testing to determine English language proficiency standards.

New students must meet with an aviation academic advisor before registering for courses. A class II medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner is required prior to beginning the flight phase of the program.

R-ATP Approved

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
  • 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 certificate.

Is UVU approved to qualify students for an R-ATP?

Yes, UVU first 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.