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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 pre-approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department. The credit that will be awarded is Advanced Standing (see Awarding Advanced Standing section below).The procedures for requesting this credit when the preapproved off-campus flight training is satisfactorily completed will be specified in the written approval form "Off Campus Flight Authorization Request". Address any questions to the Flight Department. Credit for any AS courses will not be awarded for flight certificates or ratings attained after matriculation (only FA credit). See the following sections for specific requirements.

Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Accredited Programs

Students in AABI accredited programs will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation. Students will be approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department to complete one certificate or rating off campus for Advanced Standing credit 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. After a student matriculates into an AABI accredited program, all flight training for credit must be completed at Embry-Riddle or approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department at another AABI accredited program. In all cases, students must satisfactorily complete at least one FA course on-campus after Advanced Standing credit is awarded or after an AABI accredited program course is transferred for an FA course. In either case, this flight course must include an FAA practical exam that results in the issuance of an FAA certificate or rating. Advanced Standing credit may not be awarded for any AS course for flight ratings attained off campus after matriculation. These requirements also pertain to credit for flight certificates or ratings applied to Flight Minors within an AABI accredited program. Students should refer to their catalog to verify if their degree program is AABI accredited..

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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation is subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the Aeronautical Science Program Coordinator.

Flight Minors, Majors, Areas of Concentration or Specialization

Students not in an AABI accredited program will be awarded credit for FAA certificates, held prior to matriculation. Students will be approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department to complete one certificate or rating off campus for Advanced Standing credit 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. After a student matriculates into a non-AABI accredited program pursuing Flight Minors, Majors, Areas of Concentration, Specialization or Tracks that require an FA course(s) he or she must complete their flight training at Embry-Riddle. Students must satisfactorily complete at least one FA course on-campus after Advanced Standing credit is awarded for an FA course. This flight course must include an FAA practical exam that results in an issuance of an FAA certificate or rating. Advanced Standing credit may not be awarded for any AS course for flight ratings attained off-campus after matriculation. If students declare a change of program to an AABI accredited program the Advanced Standing credit for flight training after matriculation may not be applicable.

Open Elective Credit

Students who are not in AABI accredited programs and are not pursuing Flight Minors, Majors, Areas of Concentration, Specialization or Tracks (see above) will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation. After these students matriculate, off-campus flight training for academic credit may be approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department for Advanced Standing credit. Advanced Standing credit is awarded for an FA course. Advanced Standing credit may not be applied towards an AS course for flight ratings attained off-campus after matriculation. Students who declare a change of program to an AABI accredited program are advised the Advanced Standing credit for flight training after matriculation may not transfer. Students declaring a Flight Minor, Major, Area of Concentration, Specialization or Track, must successfully complete at least one FA course on-campus after, the Advanced Standing credit is awarded for an FA course.

Awarding Advanced Standing

Students who obtain off-Campus flight training that was approved in writing in advance by the Flight Department may obtain Advance Standing credit. Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-approved flight training, all students must show their copy of the approved "Off Campus Flight Training Authorization Request" form in addition to the appropriate documents of their training to the Flight Department. Approved Advanced Standing credit for an FA course will be applied to the student's transcript. Advanced Standing credit will not be awarded for any AS course for flight ratings attained off-campus after matriculation.

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:

  1. A valid, unexpired U.S. passport (if the passport expires during training, a current proof of valid citizenship is required)
  2. An original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the United States or one of its territories
  3. An original U.S. naturalization certificate with raised seal, Form N-550 or Form N-570
  4. An original certification of birth abroad, Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350
    -OR-
    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.