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Orem – The Federal Aviation Administration approved a reduced flight hour requirement for those graduating with a bachelor of science (professional pilot) or associate degree from Utah Valley University’s School of Aviation Sciences.
In 2013 the FAA passed a regulation requiring all airline pilot first officers (co-pilots) to hold an Air Transport Pilot Certificate, which requires a minimum of 1,500 total flight time hours. UVU students who meet specific flight training requirements and graduate with a bachelor of science in aviation science (professional pilot emphasis) can qualify for the ATP certificate at 1,000 hours; students who earn an associate degree in aviation science can qualify for the certificate at 1,250 hours.
“This gives graduates of our aviation science program a huge advantage over students who are trained elsewhere,” said Jim Green, chair of the School of Aviation Sciences. “Being certified to secure a job with any airline with one-third less flight hours than other pilots competing for the same jobs is a very significant advantage. We are pleased that UVU has earned this FAA approval, which will benefit our graduates considerably.”
An FAA-approved degree program must meet a number of stringent requirements, including 60 semester credit hours in aviation coursework designed to improve and enhance the knowledge and skills of those seeking a career as a professional pilot. UVU’s FAA approval confirms the quality of the university’s flight training program and its uncompromising commitment to professionalism and safety.
For more information, visit uvu.edu/aviation.