SDSU Aviation Program receives FAA authorization

The South Dakota State University Aviation Program received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to certify graduates to be eligible for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot

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certificate. With a restricted ATP certificate, SDSU graduates will be eligible to be hired by an airline with fewer hours (1,250 vs. 1,500 hours) than the unrestricted version of the certificate. In the Nov. 20 FAA listing, only 20 schools in the nation were able to have graduates qualify for the restricted ATP.

Following an increase in hours by the FAA in July 2013, commercial pilots needed to log 1,500 hours before becoming eligible for hire. A restricted ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve

as a commercial co-pilot until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours.

As of the announcement, SDSU students are eligible for hire after 1,250 flight hours if they also have:
• completed degree in aviation major (30-60 hours of coursework) and
• received instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate.

Caleb Rose, a December 2012 graduate of the SDSU aviation program, has spent the past year accumulating hours to become a commercial pilot. As a result of the FAA announcement, he can start looking for commercial work immediately.

“I can call an airline today and apply to be in their next class of pilots,” said Rose, who has interviewed with an airline but has been compiling flight hours in order to be eligible for hire. “One typically averages 50 hours of flight time a month so this letter could mean other SDSU students could start flying commercially almost a year earlier, a huge start

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