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Restricted ATP

Graduates of LeTourneau University's School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science may be eligible for a restricted privileges Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) Certificate, which allows the ATP Certificate to be issued at either 1,000 hours total time or 1,250 hours total time.

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These pages outline the requirements and approval so that students and graduates can be fully informed of the process to qualify for a restricted privileges ATP Certificate. A restricted privileges ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve as a co-pilot until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours.

Approved Degrees

You must determine whether your degree is a degree that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved for the R-ATP certificate. This page will help you in doing this.

Check the degree on your diploma or transcript to verify it matches a listed degree program for LeTourneau University.

If your degree is not listed in the table below, you are not eligible to receive the R-ATP certificate.

Degree Major
Bachelor of Science Air Traffic Management, Professional Flight Concentration
Bachelor of Science Professional Flight
Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Science
Bachelor of Science Professional Flight - Aviation Maintenance Concentration
Bachelor of Science Professional Flight - Aviation Maintenance Concentration with Flight Instructor Single-Engine Minor
Bachelor of Science Professional Flight - Aviation Maintenance Concentration with Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Minor
Bachelor of Science Professional Flight with Flight Instructor Multiengine Minor
Bachelor of Science Mission Aviation
Bachelor of Science Mission Aviation with Flight Concentration
Bachelor of Science Mission Aviation, Flight Concentration with Flight Instructor Multi Engine Minor
Bachelor of Science Mission Aviation, Flight Concentration with Flight Instructor Single Engine Minor
Bachelor of Science Air Traffic Management, Professional Flight Concentration with Flight Instructor Multiengine
Bachelor of Science Aviation Management - Professional Pilot Concentration
Bachelor of Science Aviation Management - Professional Pilot Concentration with Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Minor
Bachelor of Science Aviation Studies with Professional Flight Minor
Bachelor of Science Aviation Studies with Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Minor

 

The official list is found on the FAA's Institutional Authority list. Click here to open the FAA's approved list, which is updated frequently.

This list was last updated on: 06/03/2016

 

Eligible Coursework

You must now determine how many of your completed credits are for courses that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved for the R-ATP certificate. This page will help you in doing this.

Check your transcript to tally the number of credits you have completed that count toward the required credit hours for the R-ATP certificate. Make sure you check the course name and number as both must match the table provided for the course to be eligible.
To obtain the R-ATP with 1,000 hours total flight time, you must have at least 60 completed credit hours from courses listed in the table below along with an approved degree (see Step 2 for approved degrees.)
To obtain the R-ATP with 1,250 hours total flight time, you must have at least 30 completed credit hours from courses listed in the table below along with an approved degree (see Step 2 for approved degrees.)
Click here to continue to Step 4 to request your official signed transcript with FAA-approved certification statement.
Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
AERF 1102 Primary Flight 2
AERF 1111 Primary Flight I 1
AERF 1132 Primary Flight I 2
AERF 1112 LeTourneau Flight Operations 2
AERF 1103/1113 Flight Science I 3
AERF 1121 Primary Flight II 1
AERF 1142 Primary Flight II 2
AERF 2103 Flight Science II 3
AERF 2311 Commercial Flight I 1
AERF 2301 Commercial Flight I / Advanced Flight I 1
AERF 2411/3411 Commercial Flight II - Multi-Engine Operations 1
AERF 2401 Commercial Flight II - Multi-Engine Operations / Advanced Flight II 1
AERF 3103 Flight Science III 3
AERF 3211 Upset Recovery Training 1
AERF 3412 Instrument Flight 2
AERF 3402 Instrument Flight / Advanced Flight III 2
AERF 3512 Commercial Flight III - Air Transport Emphasis 2
AERF 3502 Commercial Flight III - Air Transport Emphasis / Advanced Flight IV 2
AERF 3522 Commercial Flight III - Single Engine Operations 2
AERF 4101 Multi-Engine Add-On 1
AERF 4201 High Performance Flight 1
AERF 4601 Flight Instructor Single Engine Flight 1
AERF 4602 Flight Instructor Initial Flight MEI 2
AERF 4603 Flight Instructor Theory 3
AERF 4611 Flight Instructor Instrument Flight 1
AERF 4632 Flight Instructor Initial Flight - Missions 2
AERF 4621 Flight Instructor Single-Engine Flight (CFI SEL Add-on to CFII) 1
AERF 4622 Flight Instructor Initial Instrument Flight (Single-Engine CFII) 2

AERO 2112

AERF 2112

Aerodynamics for Pilots 2
AERO 2113 Aerodynamics for Pilots 3
AERO 2203 Meteorology for Pilots 3
AERF 2202 Meteorology for Pilots 2
AERO 2423/3423 Aviation Human Factors 3
AERO 3213 Electronic Navigation and Flight Control Systems 3

AERO 2823/3823

AERF 3823

Aviation Management 3
AVTC 3823 Aviation Management 3
AERO 4123 Commercial Flight Operations 3
AERO 4133 Crew Resource Management 3
AERO 3153/4153 Aviation Safety Factors 3
AERO 4613 Aviation Safety Management Systems 3
AERO 4823 Aviation Management Capstone 3
AERO 4163 Aviation Law 3
AVTC 1001 Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies Laboratory 1
AVTC 1003 Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies 3
AVTC 1002 Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies / Survey of Aerospace 2
AVTC 1401 Aircraft DC Electricity Laboratory 1
AVTC 1403 Aircraft DC Electricity 3
AVTC 2231 Introduction to Aircraft Systems Laboratory 1
AVTC 2232 Introduction to Aircraft Systems 2
AVTC 2421 / AVTC 2431 Powerplant Electrical Systems Laboratory 1
AVTC 2423 / AVTC 2433 Powerplant Electrical Systems 3
AVTC 2441 Airframe Electrical Laboratory 1
AVTC 2442 Airframe Electrical 2
AVTC 2443 Airframe Electrical 3
AVTC 2601 Introduction to Aircraft Reciprocating Engines Laboratory 1
AVTC 2602 Introduction to Aircraft Reciprocating Engines Laboratory / Propulsion Systems Lab I 2
AVTC 2603 Introduction to Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 3
AVTC 3211 Transport Category Aircraft Systems Laboratory 1
AVTC 3212 Transport Category Aircraft Systems 2
AVTC 2612/3612 Introduction to Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 2
AVTC 3803 Introduction to Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines / Intro to Turbines 3
AATC 2013 Basic ATC 3
AATC 2213 Fundamentals of Airspace Systems Operations 3
AVTC 2003 Aircraft Systems for Pilots 3
AVTC 2013 Powerplant Systems for Pilots 3
AVTC 4403 Avionics 3
AVTC 3462 Aircraft Instrumentation Systems 2
AVTC 3463 Aircraft Instruments 3
AVTC 4603 Advanced Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 3
AEDP 4003 Aircraft Dispatch I 3
AEDP 4013 Aircraft Dispatch II 3

 

This list was last updated: 10/31/2018

FAQ

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 can receive college credit toward R-ATP for your previous 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 https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_61-139.pdf

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

Yes, it most likely does! It 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 working to add additional coursework that is comparable to our current courses that have already been approved. Check this site frequently as we plan 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: 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. Please make your transcript request at least three weeks prior to any interview that requires you to bring your official  R-ATP approved transcript.

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.

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