KSU-Salina pilot program gets FAA exemption

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Graduates of Kansas State University at Salina’s pilot program are getting a break from the federal government.

The school has been granted an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow students to become professional co-pilots more quickly than other schools’ graduates.

The FAA rule requires aviation graduates to have at least 1,500 hours of flight time before being hired as co-pilots. The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12lF7n5 ) KSU-Salina’s flight program meets FAA requirements for an exemption. That means its graduates are required to have only 1,000 flight hours before becoming co-pilots.

Kurt Barnhart, an official at the school, said the exemption gives the students advantages in time and cost over students at flight schools that don’t meet the FAA requirements.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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