Frequently Asked Questions about R-ATP

I want to do some flight training before enrolling at LeTourneau University. How might this affect my eligibility for the R-ATP?

If your flight training was not completed at LeTourneau University or at another university with an FAA approved program also eligible for R-ATP, it is very unlikely that you will receive college credit for your training. You would still be eligible for the R-ATP, but you will have less of the minimum credit hours needed. If you come to LETU with a Private Pilot certificate, for example, you will lose out on 5 credit hours.

It’s also important to note that in order to be eligible for the R-ATP, the FAA requires that students complete the ground and flight training for the Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating as part of an aviation degree program. This information is provided in Advisory Circular 61-139. If you want to be eligible for the R-ATP, it’s important that you do not complete any training beyond the private pilot certificate before coming to LeTourneau University.

Reference: FAA’s Advisory Circular 61-139 http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_61-139.pdf 

I graduated before 2013. Does LeTourneau’s R-ATP approval help me?

That depends on your amount of total credits that you completed and upon your major. Check the listing of approved coursework and compare it with your transcript to find your total number of credit hours that you can count toward the 30 or 60 credit hour requirement. LETU is making attempts to add additional coursework that is comparable to our current courses that have already been approved. Check this site frequently as we hope to have more coursework approved in the near future.

My degree program did not include enough credit hours to get to the 60 credits required to get an R-ATP with 1,000 hours total flight time. What options do I have?

If you are still enrolled at LeTourneau University, you can add courses as electives to allow your total credit hours to reach 60 credits. If you have already graduated, you can also enroll in coursework to increase your total credit hours. We would be happy to help you connect with our Admissions department to give you details on your options. We offer many interesting aviation courses in an online format, many of which are approved as credits that can help you meet the R-ATP credit hour requirements.

Some examples of courses you can add to any approved degree program are: Aviation Law, Aviation Management, and Aviation Human Factors. These are offered online throughout the year.

I have found that I have taken approved courses with titles listed on this website, but the course number does not match what is on my transcript. What does this mean?

Your course number needs to match what is listed on this website in the list of approved courses, or the course does not count toward R-ATP credit hour requirements.

The airline or employer that just hired me asks that I provide a letter or a certificate showing I am eligible for the R-ATP. How do I get this?

LeTourneau University’s Letter of Authorization from the FAA instructs us to add a signed statement to your official transcript and not to create a separate letter or certificate. For this reason, we add the statement to your official transcript and then send the sealed document to either you to your employer directly (if required). We prefer to send the official, signed transcript directly to you.

Why did the course I took in ZZZZZ not get approved as credit towards the R-ATP?

The FAA has very specific guidance provided in Advisory Circular 61-139. If the course you took is not listed in the approved course list, it is because the FAA did not agree that it generally “[enhanced] the knowledge and skills of a person seeking a career as a professional pilot.” There are some aircraft maintenance courses and labs that were not approved for these reasons.

Who do I contact for questions?

Please contact us through the form provided here.