EKU 'Zero to Hero' pathway to the flight deck

Step One

Complete EKU Aviation’s one-of-a kind commercial pilot training curriculum, which includes both the FAA’s new 1000-hour power authorization to take your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate 500 hours early and 100 hours of multiengine (MEL) flight time. The latter MEL achievement is twice as many MEL hours as any other university in the US. You will complete EKU aviation’s program with approximately 250 total flight hours.

Step Two

After graduation, apply for 1) an initial flight instructor position or 2) an on-demand Air Charter pilot job to build your total flight time from 250 flight hours to the 1,000 hours required for the new FAA Restricted ATP certificate. At EKU “we prepare you two ways, to be job ready, on day one, after graduation.”

Step Three

EKU has partnered with several regional airlines to have them begin airline interviews during the junior year. These carriers include airlines such as ExpressJet and Envoy Airlines. Many have created “pathway programs” to not only offer guaranteed interviews, but to also offer guaranteed jobs after graduation. These employment offers are based on academic and flight performance to that point in the student’s flight degree pursuit. Additionally, they continue mentoring and conducting "mock" interviews with EKU Aviation students during the junior and senior years. Thus, with this “early” guaranteed job offer, as soon as the EKU proflight graduate reaches 1,000 total hours along with the other ATP requirements, that student is “whisked away” to begin airline first officer (FO) training.

Step Four

The EKU proflight graduate moves from the regional carrier to the major airlines, such as Delta, American, or United.


International Students

International students applying to EKU's Aviation Professional Flight program are required to complete additional steps prior to acceptance.

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