Metropolitan State University of Denver and Direct Connect Flight Academy have entered into a partnership to shorten the professional pilot program at the Denver college by about a year.
Students in the program will be eligible for a restricted ATP at 1,000 hours instead of 1,500. The FAA approval makes MSU-Denver the only four-year college or university in Colorado with R-ATP eligibility. Students can start in programs at Aims Community College in Greeley and Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, transfer to Metro State after two years and still be eligible for the R-ATP.
MSU-Denver achieved FAA approval last fall for the restricted certificate and has now formed partnerships with Direct Connect and McAir Aviation at Rocky Mountain Airport (KBJC) in Broomfield to offer the flight training part of the program, giving flight students options as to where they train.
Metro State also has plans to add an additional flight school in the Denver area this year.