Flight Course Related Information
All flight training at Embry-Riddle occurs in late-model, fully equipped aircraft. In addition, procedures trainers and flight-training devices give the student a safe, flexible, and cost-effective training environment. The flight-training program operates under all applicable FAA rules, regulations, and requirements. The student is responsible for adhering to those rules, regulations, and requirements, which are contained in the Embry-Riddle Flight Operations Manual and local campus bulletins.
While flight training is an integral part of the Aeronautical Science program, it is also contained in other degree programs, either as an area of concentration, minor course of study, or as elective credit on a space-available basis. Students should investigate the applicability of certain courses to their program along with the necessary prerequisite/corequisite course requirements prior to making any commitment and investment.
ERAU has determined the required flight hours for each unit subject and they are published at http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/college-aviation/flight/flight-course-costs/index.html
Flight Course Scheduling
Students begin their initial flight course during their first year in attendance. The exact start date depends on the academic preparation of the student, student desire, weather conditions, and aircraft and instructor availability. The length of time required to complete a course will also vary based on these same factors. All flight-training courses may begin and end at any time during the academic year and may not coincide with the beginning and ending dates of the published semester schedule. Therefore, students who begin a flight course late in the semester should be prepared for training in that course to continue into the next semester.
Flight courses require a minimum block of time and may include flying on weekends. Study, preparation, and some flight lessons may require time outside this block. Students, particularly beginning students, are cautioned not to overload their course schedules when taking a flight course.
Students in degree programs that require flight training to be conducted on campus may be given priority in their initial flight block registration.
Academic Credit for Flight Training After Matriculation
All students desiring to complete off-campus flight training for academic credit after matriculation must be approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department. The credit that will be awarded (advanced standing) and the procedures for requesting credit when off-campus training is completed will be specified in the written approval (Off Campus Authorization Form). The following general rules apply as specified under each heading. Please address any questions to the Flight Department. Credit for AS courses will not be awarded for flight certificates and ratings attained after matriculation (only FA credit).
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Accredited Programs
The Aeronautical Science (AS), and Aviation Maintenance Science degrees are accredited by the AABI and are governed by the following criteria. Students in AABI accredited programs will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation to Embry-Riddle, and may be approved to complete one certificate or rating off campus if significant flight training from an appropriately rated instructor was logged prior to matriculation. If FAA certificates are held, this training must have occurred after the attainment of the most recent certificate for which credit is granted. Except as provided above, after a student matriculates all flight training for credit must be completed at Embry-Riddle or approved at another AABI accredited program. In all cases students must satisfactorily complete at least one FA course, that results in an FAA certificate or rating, on campus after advanced standing is awarded or AABI program courses are transferred. These requirements pertain to credit for flight certificates and ratings applied to Flight Minors. Students should refer to their catalog to verify if their degree program is AABI accredited.
FAA Exemption for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
Upon graduation, the Daytona Beach Aeronautical Science degree can qualify a graduate for the Restricted Airline Transport (R-ATP) certificate under FAR Part 61.160. Note that satisfying the AS degree requirements alone may not qualify the graduate for the R-ATP. This is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption to the regulations and subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the Aeronautical Science Program Coordinator.
Flight Minors, Majors, Areas of Concentration or Specialization
Students who are pursuing flight minors, majors, areas of concentration or specialization, that have a required FA course, must satisfactorily complete their flight training at Embry-Riddle. Students will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation to Embry-Riddle, and may be approved to complete one certificate or rating off campus if flight training from an appropriately rated instructor was logged prior to matriculation. If FAA certificates are held, this training must have occurred after the attainment of the most recent certificate for which credit is granted. Except as provided above, after a student matriculates all flight training for credit must be completed at Embry-Riddle. Advanced standing credit will not be awarded until after a student completes one FA course on-campus. This flight course must include an FAA Practical Exam that results in an issuance of certificate or rating.
Open Elective Credit
Students who are not in AABI accredited programs, and are not pursuing Flight Minors, Majors, Areas of Concentration or Specialization (see above), who desire to complete off campus flight training for academic credit after matriculation must receive approval by the Flight Department in writing and in advance of the anticipated training. If students declare a change of program to an AABI accredited program, Flight Minor, Major, Area of Concentration or Specialization then the advanced standing credit for flight training after matriculation will not transfer.
Awarding Advanced Standing
Upon completion of the approved flight training, all students must show their copy of the approved “Off Campus Training Authorization Request” form, in addition to the appropriate documents of their training, to the Flight Department. Approved advanced standing credit will be applied to the student’s transcript.
Aviation and Transportation Security Act
The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) requires students registered for Flight (FA) courses to show acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship OR to complete background check requirements.
Students enrolled in an FA course must present ONE of the following to the Flight Data and Certification Department, Flight Operations building room 207:
- A valid, unexpired U.S. passport (if the passport expires during training, a current proof of valid citizenship is required)
- An original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the United States or one of its territories
- An original U.S. naturalization certificate with raised seal, Form N-550 or Form N-570
- An original certification of birth abroad, Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350
An original certificate of U.S. citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561
If using other than a valid passport, a valid driver license with a photo or a government-issued photo ID will also be required. Photocopies of the above are not acceptable, even certified copies. This process needs to be completed only one time for the entire curriculum at Embry-Riddle for U.S. Citizens.
Those unable to complete the above requirements, including international and permanent resident alien students, will be able to register for FA courses but must comply with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notification requirements for each course taken. Before receiving any flight training, they must provide DHS through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a set of fingerprints, a photo, a processing fee, and must register online. Upon receipt of authorization received directly from the TSA, the student can register and begin training. Once the student is registered and has received authorization from the TSA, the student may begin training. Some advanced flight courses may require a waiting period of up to 30 days. If Embry-Riddle receives any directive from the DHS or TSA, the student may be administratively withdrawn as appropriate to the DHS or TSA directive. This information and fee, but not the fingerprints, must be sent periodically during flight training and will be coordinated through Embry-Riddle’s Flight Department. Please contact the Aeronautical Science Department for more information.