Flight Operations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been the premier provider of flight training since its inception. Whether airline pilots, maintenance technicians, air-traffic controllers, U.S. military, safety investigators, aviation industry leaders or astronauts, Embry-Riddle produces more aviation-related professionals than any other privately funded university in the U.S.

We have more than 300 professionals employed between the Departments of Flight at the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses, each one dedicated to the development and support of students taking flight training as a requirement of their undergraduate degree program. Aviation and aerospace education is what we specialize in, and flight training is an integral part of that education. “Safety First” is our motto, and Flight Training Department staff are driven by a common goal: the safety and success of our students.

It takes collaboration, communication and dedication to produce a professional aviator, educator or industry leader. Each Flight Department member plays a critical role in the success of our students, with a variety of department positions that include:

  • Instructor pilot
  • Aircraft maintenance/simulator technician
  • Training manager
  • Flight supervisor
  • Data analyst
  • Scheduler
  • Dispatcher
  • Media specialist
  • Safety coordinator
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Administrative leadership and support

Embry-Riddle's Flight Departments are the provider of choice for professional pilots. If you’d like to join our team of professionals, we encourage you to apply.

Combined Flight
Department Numbers

  • 300+
    Department Employees
    • 200+ Flight Instructors
    • 60+ Support Staff
    • 40+ Maintenance Technicians
  • 100+
    Aircraft

(2020)


Instructor Pilots

Our Instructor Pilots (IPs) provide flight, simulator and ground instruction in accordance with ERAU and FAA regulations and procedures. They prepare schedules, maintain records and ensure that course standards, training requirements and objectives are met by each student in each flight course.
Daytona Beach Flightline

Daytona Beach Campus

Qualifications

  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • Airplane Single engine land
  • Instrument Airplane
  • Aircraft piloting skills including familiarity with and ability to perform required flight maneuvers and procedures
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective instructional technique in the classroom and in flight
  • Knowledge of appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations and University Academic, administrative, operational procedures and requirements
  • Ability to work well under pressure in fast-paced and noisy environment while exercising sound judgment at all times
  • Must hold a current FAA Medical Certificate

Classifications

  • IP I - FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII Airplane, Single Engine Land (no degree required). 
  • IP II - FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII Airplane, Single Engine Land.  
  • IP III - FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII, MEI or Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane. Minimum 750 hours Dual Flight Instruction Given*. If no MEI or Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate, 1050 Dual Flight Instruction Given*. 
  • IP IV - FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII, MEI, Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane. Three years cumulative experience as a Certificated Flight Instructor and 1200 hours Dual Flight Instruction Given* or two (2) years of continuous service at the University as a Certificated Flight Instructor with Gold Seal and 1600 hours of Dual Flight Instruction Given* or 1000 total flight hours and two (2) years of air carrier operational experience as a pilot in command (PIC) in operations under 14 CFR part 91, §91.1053(a)(2)(I) or §135.243(a)(1), or 1000 total flight hours and two (2) years of air carrier operational experience as a PIC or second in command (SIC) in any operation conducted under part 121 or a combination of the afore referenced air carrier experience.  
  • IP V - FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII, MEI, Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane, Master CFI, 2500 hours** Dual Flight Instruction Given*, and four years cumulative experience as a Certificated Flight Instructor. (graduate degree required). 

* Dual Flight Instruction Given may be any combination of simulator or flight time.

** Includes flight time while conducting a practical test as a Training Center Evaluator (TCE). 

Prescott Flight Line

Prescott Campus

Qualifications

  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • Airplane Single engine land
  • Instrument Airplane (desired)
  • Aircraft piloting skills including familiarity with and ability to perform required flight maneuvers and procedures
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective instructional technique in the classroom and in flight
  • Knowledge of appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations and University Academic, administrative, operational procedures and requirements
  • Ability to work well under pressure in fast-paced and noisy environment while exercising sound judgment at all times
  • Must hold a current 2nd class FAA Medical Certificate

Classifications

  • IP I — FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII Airplane, Single Engine Land (no degree required)
  • IP II — FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII Airplane, Single Engine Land (undergraduate degree required)
  • IP III — FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII. Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane. Minimum 750 hours Dual Flight Instruction Given)
  • IP IV — FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII, MEI, Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane and 1200 hours Dual Flight Instruction Given
  • IP V — FAA Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument CFI, CFII, MEI, Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane, 2000 hours. Dual Flight Instruction Given, and four years cumulative experience as a Certificated Flight Instructor. Master's Degree or ATP Required.

A Bachelor's Degree is required for any full-time employee in the IP-2, IP-3, IP-4, & IP-5 classifications. A Master's Degree or ATP required for the IP-5 classification. Relevant aviation experience may be substituted for a Master's Degree or ATP at the discretion of the University for the IP-5 classification.