A-B Tech Aviation Program Receives FAA Certifications

May 6, 2015

A-B Tech Community College’s new Aviation program was notified this week that it has received Restricted Airline Transport (R-ATP) certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification means students in A-B Tech’s Aviation program will be able to complete pilot training faster and at a substantially lower cost.

A-B Tech is the first and currently only school in North Carolina authorized for the R-ATP, which allows graduates from select institutions to enter the workforce as a passenger or cargo airline pilot with less than the required flight hours mandated by the FAA.

“Graduates from A-B Tech will have to obtain 1,250 flight hours to earn a position as a First Officer instead of 1,500 flight hours that all other graduates across the state must obtain,” said R.J. Corman, Chair of Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology. “The reduction in hours is due to the thorough academic curriculum taught through A-B Tech and the depth of flight training provided by our certified flight training partner, WNC Aviation.”

Students have already begun registering for the college’s Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology program, which will start in the fall semester. For more information, visit abtech.edu/aviation.

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