SCRANTON, PA (September 28, 2015)—Marywood University’s Aviation Program was recently issued approval for reduced Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Reduced ATP will allow current and new Marywood students to be eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.


Captain Joseph A. McDonald, assistant professor of Business and Global Innovation at Marywood University said, “This is great achievement for the aviation program at Marywood University.” The ATP certification “enables the University to offer our current and new students this opportunity,” he continued.


Marywood University is one of a select number of schools in Pennsylvania that was approved for the reduced ATP certification ( The FAA authorizes institutions of higher education to certify graduates of specific aviation degree programs for a restricted privileges ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. This authority is distinct from the ATP CTP (Certificate Training Program), and allows for pilots with fewer than 1,500 hours of flight time to obtain a restricted privileges ATP certificate. A restricted privileges ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve as a First Officer until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours.


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