The University of Cincinnati – Clermont College Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program has received iauthority from the FAA to certify its graduates for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certification (R-ATP).
The R-ATP authority allows graduates to fill airline first-officer positions with reduced total flying experience shortly after graduation, according to officials..
“Not only do UC students have the ability to enter the airline industry sooner, but the program has forged partnerships with an elite group of organizations, including airlines and corporate flight departments,” said Eric Radtke, chief instructor of aviation at UC.
Regulations require that all airline pilots possess an ATP certificate. The R-ATP allows a pilot to meet that requirement and fly as an airline first officer before reaching the total ATP experience and qualifications required of a captain. R-ATP requires that the pilot graduated from an FAA-approved program and in lieu of the minimum ATP hours, it offers credit for specified education and training as provided at UC.
As part of the Professional Pilot Training program at UC Clermont, primary, advanced, and instrument flight training are complemented with two years of college study. Flight training is conducted at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, by Sporty’s Academy.