EKU Aviation prepares students to meet new FAA requirements

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In keeping with EKU Aviation’s commitment to innovation and to be the premier aviation university in the U.S., this week EKU aviation announced another major upgrade to their already one-of-a-kind-proflight program. 

In anticipation of FAA-directed changes, beginning in the summer of 2011, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) began an overhaul of their aviation program to meet the more restrictive requirements of the revised FAA Airline Transport (ATP) certificate. One aspect of the directed change was to increase the number of multiengine (MEL) hours to a minimum of 50 hours for all pilots seeking their ATP certificate.

Accordingly, EKU modified their pro flight curriculum to include 100 Multiengine (MEL) flight hours. Thus, the EKU curriculum now includes 50 single-engine (SEL) private pilot hours, 50 SEL instrument hours, 20 Private MEL add-on hours, 80 MEL commercial hours, and 50 AATD flight simulation hours. This total of 100 MEL hours in the EKU program compares to 15-50 MEL hours at other U.S. universities and community colleges. EKU selected 100 MEL hours and not just 50, as it represents a minimum required by most On-Demand Air Charter companies for their MEL copilot hires. Thus, with the reintroduction of the flight instructor certificates and the increase to 100 MEL hours, EKU aviation can now say, “We prepare our graduates to be job ready, two ways, on day one after graduation.” EKU students will walk out our door and into either a flight instructor job or a corporate flight department job.

However, not resting on their laurels, EKU aviation has now set the bar even higher for their peer universities attempting to compete. With the changes to the academic curriculum, aviation students can now choose to fly 150 MEL hours, making them even more competitive in the market place. EKU Aviation takes great pride in saying, ‘Not only are we number one, we are the only one… anywhere in the US…offering the new FAA 1000-hour power certificate and 150 multiengine hours!’

If you have ever dreamed of flying, now is the time!

Published on February 21, 2014