Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said this week it has become the first training provider in the country to receive approval from the FAA for an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program that complies with new FAA rules that take effect Aug. 1. The new rules require at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of training in a Level C or higher full flight simulator. After ERAU students complete the ATP CTP course, they receive a graduation certificate and the required endorsement to take the FAA’s ATP Airman Knowledge Test.

Graduates of the program are eligible to receive the newly created Restricted ATP certification after 1,000 or 1,250 flight training hours, ERAU said, making them eligible for hiring by a Part 121 airline between 250 and 500 flight-training hours sooner than applicants from a non-qualified program. ERAU said its students who major in Aeronautical Science with an Airline Pilot area of concentration will be able to complete the course as part of their normal degree requirements.