In the aftermath of the 2009 Colgan Air DHC-8-400 crash in Buffalo, New York, the NTSB cited pilot training, crew monitoring failures, fatigue, stall training, and a lack of professionalism among the causal factors of the mishap. Its findings led to public and Congressional pressure to overhaul pilot training requirements for airline pilots in the US. In response to this pressure, the FAA chartered the First Officer Qualifications Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in July of 2010. The following month, President Obama signed Public Law (PL) 111-216 which required the FAA to modify the requirements of an ATP certificate. While PL 111-216 focused on the ATP certificate, the ARC focused more broadly on the qualifications and training for pilots desiring to work in the air carrier environment. The FAA determined that the knowledge gap identified by the ARC and PL 111-216 could most effectively be bridged through successful completion of a modern flight training program that methodically integrates academic training and aeronautical experience in a Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD).
Beginning on 01 August 2014, the FAA required all airline first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Additionally, after July 31, 2014, a person who applies for the knowledge test for an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category multiengine class rating must present a graduation certificate from an authorized training provider certifying the applicant has completed an approved Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP). In addition to adding the requirement to complete the ATP-CTP prior to taking the ATP Knowledge Test, the FAA also mandated that all First Officers flying under parts 121 and most First Officers flying under part 135 hold an ATP certificate. Finally, the FAA required all PICs of multiengine turbine-powered fixed wing airplanes operating under part 91K to hold an ATP certificate.
In recognition of its preference for formal flight training, the FAA approved 14 CFR 61.160 which authorizes a Restricted ATP certificate for pilots meeting certain prerequisites. The Restricted ATP (R-ATP) is an interim step that allows pilots to fly in air carrier operations while building the required hours for the unrestricted ATP certificate. Of course, there are a few limitations that come with a Restricted ATP, notably a person who holds an ATP certificate but does not meet either the age requirement (61.153(a)(1)) or the experience requirements of (61.159) may not at as pilot in command under part 121 or 135 and may not serve as second in command in flag or supplemental operations under part 121 requiring three or more pilots. In practical terms, neither of these restrictions are likely to impact your role in any operation as most new pilots start out flying as an FO in domestic operations.
Who is eligible for Restricted ATP?
- Current or former U.S. military pilots with an airplane category multiengine class rating with a minimum of 750 hours of total time
- Holders of a Bachelor’s degree with an aviation major from an institution of higher education or anyone who completes 60 semester credit hours of aviation and aviation-related coursework that has been recognized by the Administrator may apply with a minimum of 1,000 hours of total time provided they hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and completed the required ground and flight training as part of an approved part 141 curriculum at the institution of higher education or completed the flight training at a part 141 pilot school that has a training agreement under §141.26 with the institute of higher education.
- Holders of an Associate’s degree with an aviation major from an institution of higher education, that has been issued a letter of authorization by the Administrator under §61.169 who have completed at least 30 semester credit hours of aviation and aviation-related coursework that has been recognized by the Administrator may apply with 1,250 hours of total time provided they hold a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and instrument rating and the required ground training was completed as part of an approved part 141 curriculum at the institution of higher education; and the required flight training was completed as part of an approved part 141 curriculum at the institution of higher education or at a part 141 pilot school that has a written training agreement under §141.26 of this chapter with the institution of higher education.
• For applicants applying under paragraphs a-c above, cross country requirements are reduced from 500 hours to 200 hours.
• A person who has 1,500 hours total time as a pilot, 200 hours of cross-country flight time, and otherwise meets the aeronautical experience requirements of §61.159 may apply for an airline transport pilot certificate under this section.
Other Requirements for a Restricted ATP:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Complete an Airline Transportation Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP CTP)
- Satisfy the experience requirements of 61.159 (except as amended by 61.160 above)
- Pass the ATP knowledge(written) test
- Pass the ATP practical test
Some Other Notes
To be clear, an aviation degree does not automatically earn you a Restricted ATP certificate. Also, there are other requirements for night flying, multi-engine time and instrument flight hours. For a full and current list of applicable regulations, go to http://ecfr.gov and look under Title 14 (Aeronautics and Space) then under Part 61. The relevant regulations are 61.153, 61.156, 61.159 and 61.160.
Regardless of your previous experience or training, you are still required to complete an ATP-CTP program prior to taking the ATP Knowledge Test and ATP Practical Test if you plan to fly multi-engine aircraft for an airline. FTI can help you with each step along the way. FTI not only offers the ATP-CTP course, but we can arrange for your written test and then provide the training necessary for an ATP check or even a type rating with an ATP certification.
ATP-CTP Course Outline:
The ATP-CTP is a 40-hour course; thirty are spent in ground school and the remaining ten hours in simulators (at least six of those ten simulator hours must be spent in a full motion simulator representing a multi-engine turbine aircraft of at least 40,000 pounds. The ATP-CTP course covers the key concept below:
- Professional Development and Leadership
- Automation including auto flight
- Adverse weather conditions (meteorology)
- Stall avoidance, recognition and recovery
- High Altitude Operations
- Transport airplane performance
- FSTD time consists of “demo and do” type training where pilots experience and gain conceptual proficiency in topics such as navigation, flight management systems, runway safety, high altitude operations, stall and upset recognition and recovery.
- The ATP written exam
At FTI pilots may complete the ATP-CTP in the 737, 757, 767, 777, A320, A330, and EMB 145. Pilots may also complete an ATP check in the 737, 757, or A320 or a type rating with an ATP or R-ATP in the 737, 747, 747-400, 757, 767, 777, A320, A330, A340 or E145. For pilots who meet the requirements for an unrestricted ATP, FTI can provide that training too.
Visit our website at http://ftiratings.com/courses/pilot-specialty-courses/ for more details.
Whether you’re looking to complete ATP-CTP training, obtain an R-ATP, unrestricted ATP, or a type rating, Flight Training International has the people, knowledge and resources to turn your dream into a reality.
MINT Software Systems announces a service agreement with Flight Training International to deliver the SaaS version of the MINT Training and Resource Management System to all its training centers.
The agreement with Flight Training International, an FAA approved training center authorized under Title 14, Part 142, includes the delivery of the MINT TRMS planning, records and e-grading edition, that allows the “anytime, anywhere” access to training schedules, forms for electronic grading and system administration. It simplifies and optimizes the management of instructor allocation, classroom distribution, student allocation, course scheduling and the planning and optimization of flight simulator schedules.
According to the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the number of people traveling by air is rising worldwide and will continue to climb approximately 4.6 percent annually through 2034. They also project around 32,000 new passenger and cargo aircraft will need to be built within the next 20 years. Airbus’ main competitor, Boeing concurs, which is why both aircraft companies are stepping up production to meet increasing aircraft orders from around the globe.
Pilots will be needed to fly all these new aircraft, and of course, someone will have to train these pilots how to fly these aircraft safely and help them stay current as they advance in their career. Aviation technology has become increasing digital and complex and will continue well into the future with total system overhauls, both in the air and on the ground. The only way to keep ahead of the technology curve is to train, train, and train.
Chances Are You’ll Fly an Airbus Someday.
If you’re flying for a commercial airline or planning to make it a career, you’re probably going to spend some time flying an Airbus A320, A330 or A340. These aircraft are some of the most popular commercial aircraft and are continually being upgraded by Airbus to increase their longevity of use. In fact, Airbus spends up to 300 million euros annually investing in improvements on their short-to-long range A320 series aircraft and about 150 million euros making improvements on their wide-body A330 series aircraft. Their investment in the globe-trotting A340 is no less impressive as they are presently pushing its range to 9,000 nautical miles by 2017. The good news for Airbus pilots looking to move up to the mammoth A380 is that it uses much of the same technology as its smaller siblings.
Flight Training International Is Ready to Help.
As a leading Part 141 advanced airline pilot training school, Flight Training International is gearing up for the anticipated airline pilot training demands from around the globe. We are an FAA approved training facility which provides type-ratings for the A320, A330 and the A340. We employ over 100 current and former Part 121 airline pilots as instructors, who bring their real-world experience flying Airbus aircraft to the one-on-one individual training they provide our students.
For pilots seeking recurrency or requalification in our Airbus and Boeing specific models, we have state-of-the-art FAA approved flight simulators to return them to total proficiency.
Given the expected increase in worldwide air travel, the need for competent, proficient pilots grows every day. Many in the industry have already voiced concerns of a worldwide pilot shortage in the coming years. As older pilots retire and more airline and cargo pilot are promoted to the left seat, the need for well-trained pilots will continue to grow. Flight Training International is ready to train and keep those pilots current with the best technological tools and flight instructors in the industry.
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Recently, Flight Training International had the privilege of training the crew of the new B747-400 Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and longest-range aerial firefighting asset in the world!
The Global SuperTanker, a converted Boeing 747-400 aircraft, joins the world’s fleet of aerial firefighting tankers. It is the newest VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) in operation, but with almost twice the capacity of the next largest aerial tanker.
On May 5, 2016, the Global SuperTanker Spirit of John Muir celebrated its official homecoming in Colorado Springs. The Spirit of John Muir dazzled nearly 300 guests with a low flyby, at just 400 feet, and a demonstration drop of nearly 10,000 gallons of water. The converted Boeing 747-400, will be available to assist the U.S. Forest Service and emergency responders across the country fight the ever-growing threat of wildfires.
2015 was one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in American history, with more than 10 million acres of land burned and billions of dollars of damage inflicted on homes and property. The U.S. Forest Service has warned that 2016 could be even worse. Already serious wildfires have already broken out this year in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas, burning over 400,000 acres and threatening the lives, livelihoods, and homes of millions. As the U.S. Forest Service and state emergency responders across the nation continue their hazardous and exemplary work, they can soon look forward to mobilizing a powerful new tool in their arsenal: the Global SuperTanker Spirit of John Muir.
The SuperTanker operates without any speed, altitude or operational restriction and provides a level of safety to ground personnel, property and natural resources unmatched by any other tanker, civilian or military. The exceptional and superior performance of the SuperTanker is such that it departs 200,000+ pounds below maximum allowable gross weight and can land immediately without dumping fuel or retardant if the operation is cancelled.
Its dash speed of nearly 600 mph allows it to be almost anywhere in the U.S. in approximately 2.5 hours, avoiding potential traffic and ramp congestion at smaller retardant bases. Operating from its base in Colorado springs, the SuperTanker can reach virtually any point in North America in approximately 4.5 hours, ready to discharge its full load of almost 20,000 gallons of retardant before landing.
With true Global reach, the SuperTanker can be almost anywhere in the world in under 20 hours, including fuel stops, if necessary. Configured with 14 first class seats and 2 bunks for the support staff and additional flight crew, the SuperTanker arrives ready to begin previously coordinated flight operations with the host agency.
Flight Training International (FTI) was selected as the exclusive flight training provider for the USAF C-40B of the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing
FTI will perform initial, refresher, recurring pilot training for flight crews of the USAF C-40B, which is based on the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 commercial aircraft.
The United States Air Force 89th Airlift Wing is based out of Andrews AFB and provides global special air mission airlift, logistics, aerial port and communications for the president, vice president, cabinet members, senior military commanders and elected leaders as tasked by the White House, the Air Force Chief of Staff and Air Mobility Command.
For more information about the USAF 89th Airlift Wing, visit their web page at: http://www.andrews.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4748
Looking to Get a Boeing 777 Initial Type Rating?
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Hiring at the major airlines is starting to ramp up again – take advantage of this opportunity by registering for our Boeing 777 Initial Accelerated Type Rating Course for $11,500 per student with a training partner at our training facility in Denver, Colorado.
Here is what our 8-Day Accelerated Boeing 777 Type Rating Includes:
- 32 Hours of Computer Based Home Study
- 40 Hours of Home Study with Manuals
- 8 Hours of Ground Instruction
- 24 Hours of Full Motion Simulator (12 hrs left seat/12 hrs right seat with partner)
- Oral Exam
- 4 Hours Simulator/FAA ATP Checkride (2 hrs left seat/2 hrs right seat with partner)
- A Set of Electronic Training Manuals
The course is offered in Denver, CO and is usually completed in 8 days.
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