All airline pilots in the United States are required to hold an airline transport pilot certificate. To obtain this certificate, applicants must have at least 1,500 flight hours, 200 cross-country hours, completed instrument rating and have a commercial certificate.
Saint Louis University has been granted approval to provide a transcript endorsement certifying graduates for a 250-hour or 500-hour reduction towards the ATP certificate for the Bachelor of Science in aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science or aviation management. This allows you to qualify for the ATP certification at the age of 21 instead of 23.
You must complete 30 credits of approved coursework to be eligible for the 250-hour reduction or complete 60 credits of approved coursework to be eligible for the 500-hour reduction.
To obtain a certifying transcript endorsement, submit the Reduced ATP Minimums application. Once the application is received, the following information will be verified:
If approved, a certifying endorsement will be applied to your transcript consistent with Saint Louis University’s letter of authorization. Allow at least two to three weeks for submission.
You will need to request an official transcript to include with the FAA Form 8710-1 when taking the airline transport-restricted practical test.
Our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science and aviation management are approved by the FAA. For students who graduated prior to 2009, the Bachelor of Science in aeronautics degree with a concentration in aviation science or professional pilot is also approved by the FAA.
The following Saint Louis University courses are approved under the Institutional Authority Program:
Students who graduated prior to spring 2014 should request the transcript endorsement by completing the Application for Reduced ATP Minimums. Upon receipt of the application form, a transcript audit will be completed and the certifying statement placed on your transcript.
In order to qualify for the certifying statement on your transcript, you must complete your instrument and commercial ratings at Saint Louis University, graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics with a concentration in flight science or aviation management, and complete at least 30 or 60 hours of approved coursework. Students who complete at least 30 hours of approved coursework are eligible to receive the 1,250-hour endorsement. Students who complete at least 60 hours of approved coursework are eligible to receive the 1,000-hour endorsement.
You can request your transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.
In order for transfer credits to be eligible towards the 30 and 60-hour requirements, they must have been completed at an approved institution that holds approval for the transferred coursework and must have been completed while you were enrolled in that school’s approved aviation degree program. Prior to us accepting transfer credit for inclusion, acceptable documentation of completion and eligibility of the coursework under the Institutional Authority program must be presented to the aviation department.
No, you would not qualify since you did not complete both your instrument and commercial flight training at Saint Louis University. The only exception is if you can provide acceptable documentation that your flight training was completed at another aviation school approved under the Institutional Authority program while enrolled in that school’s approved aviation degree program.
Students who do not complete their instrument and commercial pilot training at Saint Louis University under 14 CFR 141 are not eligible for the reduced ATP minimums.
Only students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight science or aviation management are eligible.
The FAA has not approved any graduate programs under the Institutional Authority program. Currently, the regulation only applies to undergraduate degrees.
If the collegiate institution is approved under the Institutional Authority program, they may accept transfer coursework from Saint Louis University at their discretion. Only coursework approved under the Institutional Authority program is eligible for transfer.
A list of authorized institutions can be found on the FAA website.