November 8, 2013
Question: You’ve decided that you’re going to attend college as part of your plan to become an airline pilot. Knowing that a Bachelor’s degree may qualify you for a restricted ATP certificate after logging 1,000 hours of total time (rather than 1,500), you begin to search for the right school. How can you determine which colleges have been given authority to certify their graduates for a restricted ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience?
Answer: The FAA maintains a list of institutions that have been given authority to certify graduates for reduced ATP minimums. In order to obtain this authority, the institution must demonstrate that its degree program(s) meet the program requirements of FAR 61.160 and Advisory Circular 61-139.
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