February 28, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
The Daytona Beach, Fla., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has acquired a Level D full-motion simulator from FlightSafety International. The simulator will be used to train students to prepare for the airline transport pilot certificate.
Congress in 2010 passed Public Law 111-216 requiring the FAA to revise training requirements in response to the Feb. 12, 2009, crash of a Colgan Air DHC-8 outside of Buffalo, N.Y. The FAA has proposed requiring airline first officers (who may currently qualify with a commercial pilot certificate) to hold ATPs. In effect, the rule would increase from 250 to 1,500 hours the minimum requirement to serve as a Part 121 first officer. Part 121 pilots must currently hold an ATP certificate to serve as captain.
The rules include an exemption for students enrolled at aerospace degree-granting universities such as Embry-Riddle, requiring 1,000 flight hours to qualify for the ATP. Embry-Riddle said it has created a special course that utilizes Level D flight simulators to help prepare for the ATP checkride.
Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., campus also utilizes full-motion simulators, in which students train alongside airline crews through a partnership with CAE’s Phoenix-based pilot training center.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Pilot Training and Certification
Santa Barbara Business College is offering a new accredited associate of science degree in aviation through its Ventura, California, campus.
The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.
The FAA is taking steps requested by AOPA to help ATP applicants locate the resources they need to pursue their training.
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