For pilots who either hold an aviation-related Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree from an approved, collegiate-based aviation program or have experience as a military pilot, there is a quicker route to the airlines through a restricted ATP certificate.

Keep in mind, though, that while a restricted ATP certificate gives a pilot the opportunity to work as a co-pilot for the airlines, you are unable to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) until you meet the FAA’s 1500 hour rule.

Furthermore, you must also be at least 23 years old to act as pilot-in-command (PIC), even if you have met all of the ATP requirements

R-ATP Minimums (Bachelor Degree)

If you hold an aviation-related bachelor’s degree from a collegiate-based aviation program, you are eligible for an R-ATP as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have logged 1,000 flight hours
  • Have logged 200 hours of cross-country flight time
  • Have completed 60 credits of aviation-related coursework
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot License that was earned through a Part 141 training program
  • Hold an Instrument Rating that was earned through a Part 141 training program

Note that if you have completed at least 30 credit hours but not yet 60, you must have logged 1,250 flight hours instead of 1,000 to be eligible for an R-ATP.

R-ATP Minimums (Associate Degree)

If you hold an aviation-related Associate’s degree with an aviation major from a collegiate-based aviation program, you are eligible for an R-ATP as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have logged 1,250 flight hours
  • Have logged 200 hours of cross-country flight time
  • Have completed 30 credits of aviation-related coursework
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot License that was earned through a Part 141 training program
  • Hold an Instrument Rating that was earned through a Part 141 training program

R-ATP Minimums (Military Experience)

If you are still currently serving in the military as a pilot, or are an honorably discharged military pilot, you are eligible for an R-ATP as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have logged 750 flight hours as a military pilot
  • Have logged 200 hours of cross-country flight time
  • Hold a Commercial Pilot License
  • Hold an Instrument Rating

What are the general requirements for all ATPs?

Requirements are as follows:

  • Night Time: 100 hours
  • AMEL Time: 50 hours
  • Instrument Time: 75 hours
  • PIC Time: 250 hours
  • PIC Cross-Country Time: 100 hours
  • PIC Night Time: 25 hours
  • Complete an ATP CTP program
  • Pass the knowledge Test (valid 5 years with ATP CTP)

Where can I find a list of eligible R-ATP schools?

Institutions authorized to certify their graduates for an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate with reduced aeronautical experience can be found here:

https://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/atp/media/institutional_authority_list.pdf

How can you get an R-ATP removed?

Once you meet the requirements that make you eligible for an ATPL, including being at least 23 years old and having logged 1500 flight hours, removal can be achieved by a DPE who is authorized to issue an ATP certificate, or by visiting your local FSDO