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EKU Aviation receives FAA Part 141 renewal

EKU Aviation officials with the FAA certificate

On April 25, 2013, the Louisville FAA Flight Standards District Office renewed the EKU Aviation Part 141 certificate. In order to receive this renewal, over the last two years, EKU Aviation had to achieve an 80 percent or higher first attempt pass rate on FAA written exams and FAA practical exams, also called check rides.  Some students may need extra training to pass their check rides, passing on their second attempt. However, they continue on in the EKU Aviation program to successfully earn all their FAA certificates.

For this Part 141 certification, as an entire aviation student body, achieving the 80 percent goal is critical. The value of this certification for existing or potential EKU aviation students is that it allows a graduate to complete their certificates in fewer hours, if they are able. It also verifies a higher level of instructional structure and academic rigor to potential employers. In EKU’s three written exam categories, our first attempt pass rate ranged from 89 to 100 percent, respectively. In EKU’s four check ride categories, our first attempt pass rate ranged from 80 to 100 percent, respectively.

In fact, on August 3, 2013, the FAA is changing the requirements to fly as a copilot in a regional or major Part 121 air carrier. Beginning that date, all copilots must possess the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which requires a minimum of 1,500 total flight hours. However, with this new requirement, graduates of ProFlight aviation university programs, such as EKU Aviation, will only need 1,000 total flight hours to be eligible to take the ATP check ride. It is recognition that the aviation university structure prepares a pilot to assume the new requirements to be an air carrier co-pilot in fewer hours than the traditional Non-university Part 61 flight schools.

Finally, this August FAA change also increases the minimum number of multi-engine (MEL) flight hours to fifty for the ATP. Most flight schools in the country offer only 15-30 hours. Effective August 2012, EKU aviation began offering 100 hours MEL to meet this revised minimum and to make our graduates more easily insurable for a first MEL Part 135/91 air charter job.

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Photo caption (l-r): Department of Applied Arts & Technology Chair Dr. Tim Ross, College of Business & Technology Dean Bob Rogow, Aviation Administrative Assistant Carole Moores, Aviation Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Lou Johnson, Director of Aviation Ralph Gibbs.

Published on April 24, 2013

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