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When new Federal Aviation Administration regulations take effect Aug. 1, 2014, all future airline pilots will be required to complete an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification Training Program to qualify to take the ATP Airman Knowledge Test, a prerequisite for the ATP certificate that is required for employment as a commercial airline pilot in the United States.

Now, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has become the first training provider in the country to receive approval from the FAA for its ATP Certification Training Program (CTP).

“We are very excited that our students will be able to complete this training as part of their normal degree requirement,” said Ken Byrnes, chairman of the flight department in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle. “Our mission is to provide the best education possible so our students can become outstanding aviation professionals. The FAA approval of our ATP CTP course once again ensures that our graduates will have the qualifications necessary to be employed, succeed and help shape the future of the aviation industry.”

With the completion of an FAA-approved aviation degree program from Embry-Riddle, graduates are also eligible to receive the newly created Restricted ATP certification after 1,000 or 1,250 flight training hours, making them eligible for hiring by a scheduled passenger airline (Part 121 carrier), between 250 and 500 flight training hours sooner compared to students completing a non-qualified program.

Embry-Riddle’s ATP CTP coursework includes a minimum of 10 hours of flight time in the university’s aircraft simulators, including the only FAA-qualified Level-D CRJ-200 full-motion full-flight simulator in use by a university in the United States

The Embry-Riddle ATP CTP curriculum contains at least 30 hours of advanced aviation training on topics that include the following:

- Propulsion and Aerodynamics
- Operational Meteorology
- Aerospace and Air Carrier Operations
- Leadership Training and Professional Development
- Crew Resource Management
- Investing in and Maintaining an Exceptional Safety Culture

Once the ATP CTP course is completed, Embry-Riddle students receive a graduation certificate and the required endorsement to take the FAA’s ATP Airman Knowledge Test. Students who major in Aeronautical Science with an Airline Pilot area of concentration will complete the ATP CTP course as part of their normal degree requirements.

For more information on the new Restricted ATP (ATP-R) rules and course requirements through Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation, go to

MEDIA CONTACT DAYTONA BEACH: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; (386) 226-6198;

MEDIA CONTACT PRESCOTT: Jason Kadah, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.; (928) 777-6731;

(Photo caption: Embry-Riddle Student Christopher Machado Piloting a FRASCA 172 Flight Training Device Simulator) [ home ]

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