Flight Course Related Information
All flight training at Embry-Riddle is done in latest model, technologically advanced aircraft. In addition, advanced procedures trainers and flight-training devices give the student access to a flexible, and cost-effective training environment. Embry-Riddle's flight-training program is conducted under FAA's 14CFR141, which is the highest standard for flight schools. Students are responsible for adhering to all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and the rules and requirements in the Embry-Riddle Flight Operations Manual (FOM) 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.
Flight Course Scheduling
Students usually begin their initial flight course sometime 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. Additionally at the discretion of the flight department, students can be asked to remain available to fly in their registered flight course between academic semesters or into the summer in order to maintain continuity of training or if it is determined that leaving will be detrimental to the students training progress.
Flight courses require a minimum block of time per day 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.
Newly matriculated/enrolled flight students who possess an FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a Single Engine Airplane rating, will be registered for FA 221. Similarly, students with an FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a Rotorcraft rating will be registered for FH 252.
See the Embry-Riddle Flight Operations Manual for additional information on flight line policies and procedures.
Flight Course Details
Credit for Flight Training at Other Institutions
After matriculation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, all flight training for credit must be completed at Embry-Riddle. Only under extreme extenuating circumstances will ERAU students be allowed to complete any off-campus training for credit after matriculation. Fixed-wing students desiring to do so must obtain written approval in advance from the Flight Department Chair. Helicopter students desiring to do likewise must obtain written approval in advance from the Helicopter Program Chair. The credit will be awarded as advanced standing, and the procedures for requesting credit when 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.
B.S. in Aeronautical Science
The Aeronautical Science (AS) Degree - Professional Pilot Fixed-Wing Specialty is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and is governed by AABI criteria. Aeronautical Science students will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation to Embry-Riddle and may be approved to complete partial training towards a certificate or rating 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 must be completed at Embry-Riddle. In all cases, students must satisfactorily complete at least one flight course on campus after advanced standing is awarded.
The Aeronautical Science (AS) Degree - Professional Pilot Helicopter Specialty is NOT accredited by AABI and thus is governed by requirements and policies set forth by ERAU for the Helicopter Specialty.
Flight Minors or Areas of Concentration
Individuals pursuing areas of concentration and minor courses of study that require a flight (FA or FH) course must satisfactorily complete at least one FA or FH course on campus after completion of any approved off-campus flight training. If students declare a change of program to the B.S. in Aeronautical Science degree, the advanced standing credit for flight training after matriculation may not transfer.
Open Elective Credit
Students who are not pursuing the B.S. in Aeronautical Science degree, Flight minor, or AOC's requiring FA or FH courses, and who desire to complete off-campus flight training for credit after matriculation, must receive approval from the Flight Department (for FA courses) or from the Helicopter Chair (for FH courses) in writing and in advance of the anticipated training. If students declare a change of program to the B.S. in Aeronautical Science degree, the advanced standing credit for flight training after matriculation may not transfer. Transferring to a Flight minor or Area of Concentration would necessitate satisfactorily completing at least one FA course on campus after the awarding of transfer credit and advanced standing.
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. See above restrictions regarding change of programs, AOC's, and minor courses of study.
Aviation and Transportation Security Act
The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) requires students registered for Flight (FA and FH) courses to show acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship OR complete background check requirements.
Students enrolled in an FA course must present ONE of the following to the Records Office prior to being allowed to start flight training:
- A valid, unexpired U.S. passport
- An original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the U.S. 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/FS 240 Consular Report of Birth
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.
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. Before receiving any flight training, they must provide DHS, through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a set of fingerprints and an online application, including identification and a processing fee and be granted permission to initiate training. This information and fee, but not the fingerprints, must be sent prior to beginning each initial rating during flight training and will be coordinated through the Flight Department Records office. Please contact the International Students Office or the Flight Department for more information.
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.