Flight Course Related Information

All flight training at Embry-Riddle is done in latest model, technologically advanced aircraft. In addition, advanced procedures trainers and Advanced Aviation Training Devices give the student access to a flexible, and cost-effective training environment. Embry-Riddle is an FAA 14CFR141 certified school, 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/co-requisite course requirements prior to making any commitment and investment.

ERAU employs an adequate number of in-house certificated flight instructors and a Chief instructor for flight training courses.

ERAU does not employ outside contract flight instructors for any flight course.

Only certified instructors who have the proper ratings and qualifications outlines in 14 CFR Subpart H 61.181 through 61.99 may be assigned to teach this course.

ERAU hires all Certified Flight Instructors based on FAA qualifications and a standardization process prior to assigning them to students.  At no time is enrollment in an ERAU course or degree programs a requirement or a condition of employment as a CFI.  The term “student instructor” is an internal classification used to identify those who are concurrently enrolled in coursework but are also flight department employees performing flight instruction.  If the instructor (who happens to be a student) decides not to re-enroll, they will be moved to full time employee status. The term “student instructor” has no bearing on actual or implied qualification to teach collegiate flight programs.  All instructors, regardless of classification, meet the same qualification standards for employment and performance of instructions.

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 calendar year and may not coincide with the beginning and ending dates of the published semester schedule. Therefore, students who begin a flight course should be prepared to continue flight training until completion including between and into the next semester is required. 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 student's training progress.

Flight courses require a minimum block of time per day and includes flying on weekends. Study, preparation, and some flight lessons will also require time outside this block. Students, particularly beginning students, are cautioned not to overload their course schedules while in active flight training.

Newly matriculated/enrolled flight students who possess an FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a Single Engine Airplane rating, will be registered for FA 221

See the Embry-Riddle Flight Operations Manual for additional information on flight line policies and procedures.

Flight Course Details 

(For pricing and minimum costs, see https://prescott.erau.edu/admissions/estimated-costs)

Required Fixed Wing Flight Course Hours Table

Course Number Course Description Total Fit Hours Solo Dual Simulator Oral Aircraft/Simulator
FA 121 Private Single Engine Flight 57.8 5.8 43.9 8.1 54.2 C172
FA 221 Instrument Single Engine Flight 41.6 0.0 24.8 16.8 42.5 C172
FA 321 Commercial Single Engine Flight 52.0 10.8 36.8 4.4 29 C172
FA 323 Commercial Multi Engine Add-On 35.6 0.0 30.8 4.8 27.5 DA-42-NG
FA 399 * * * * * * C172

If a student possesses a FAA Commercial Certificate in a category or class other than Airplane, Single Engine Land, the student will be enrolled in FA 399 in lieu of FA 321.  The total number of hours, solo, dual, simulator or oral hours is dependent upon the student's previous flight experience and therefore will vary from one student to the next in order to meet FAA requirements.

Elective Fixed Wing Flight Course Hours Table

Course Number Course Description Total Fit Hours Solo Dual Simulator Oral Aircraft/Simulator
FA 215 Extreme Attitude Recovery 6.6 0.0 6.6 0.0 4.5 Decathlon
FA 326 Commercial Single-Engine Add-On 21.1 0.0 21.1 0.0 15.5 C172
FA 420 Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures 10.0 0.0 0.0 10.0 40.0 CRJ200 L4
FA 421* Certified Flight Instructor Airplane and Instrument Airplane 47.3 0.0 38.7 8.6 56.6 C172
FA 460 Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Rating 6.9 0.00 6.9 0.00 9.0 DA-42-NG

FA 421 enrollment is limited due to available space. Permission from the flight department to enroll is required. Permission to enroll may be achieved by the successful completion of an interview and subsequent acceptance based on prior flight training performance and interview outcome.

Credit for Flight Training at Other Institutions

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. 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. 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. Credit for AS Degree requirements will not be approved for those students who enter with a certificate or rating partially completed and choose to complete training with external providers.  Those students must complete any certificates or ratings in progress with ERAU-Prescott to remain in the AS degree program. In all cases, students must satisfactorily complete at least one flight course on campus after advanced standing is awarded.

Flight Minors or Areas of Concentration (AOC)

Individuals pursuing areas of concentration and minor courses of study that require a flight (FA) course must satisfactorily complete at least one FA course on campus. Except as provided above, after a student matriculates, all flight training must be completed at Embry-Riddle. 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 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science degree, Flight minor, or AOC's requiring FA courses, and who desire to complete off-campus flight training for credit after matriculation, must receive approval from the Flight Department (for FA 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 AOC 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 written approval, 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) 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 Flight Records Office prior to being allowed to start flight training:

  1. A valid, unexpired U.S. passport
  2. An original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the U.S. 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/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 (options 2-4 above), a valid driver license with a photo or a government-issued photo ID will also be required. Photocopies of the above are not acceptable.

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 Data and Certification 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.