Vermont Tech Authorized to Certify Pilot Graduates with Reduced Flight Experience

Vermont Tech’s Professional Pilot Program was recently added to the exclusive list of schools that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizes to certify its graduates to apply for the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. Vermont Tech is one of only two New England colleges with this authorization.

The typical number of flight hours required before applying for one’s ATP certificate is 1,500. The authority granted by the FAA allows Vermont Tech to certify its bachelor’s degree holders with 1,000 hours of flight experience to apply for the ATP. Pilot graduates who obtain their restricted privileges ATP certificate are allowed to apply and be hired as pilots for regional airlines.

“The advantage to Vermont Tech Professional Pilot students is enormous,” states Robin Guillian, the Program Director. “Certified graduates can be hired as professional airline pilots that much sooner, creating a fast track to a career doing what they love” she adds.

A full list of authorized institutions can be found on the FAA website.