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Current Students

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Flight Schedule Pro Fund Request Form

Override Request

Override Request Form

Note:This is for Classes only.

Flight Lab Overrides: go to: Current Students, Flight Operations, Flight Lab Override is at the top of the list.

Aviation Student Ambassador Application

Aviation Student Ambassador logo.

The Aviation Student Ambassador (ASA) program assists the Aviation Program faculty and staff in the planning, organization, operation, and promotion of selected events and activities on and off the Richmond campus. Similar groups are in place at other universities around the country and there are numerous benefits for both students and faculty alike, but especially for our program as a whole.

Over the past few years. Aviation Student Ambassadors have planned, coordinated, and been invited to a wide variety of events including recruiting events/EKU Spotlight Days, Safety Stand Down, Aviation Career Day, the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame, Honor Flight Kentucky, school visits, RGA Airport Open House, and an EKU Board of Regents Meeting. This experience provides excellent networking opportunities and serves as a great resume builder too.

Participation in the ASA program is voluntary and is not a student organization. ASA’s will be selected by program faculty following an application process that will begin today and once selected will serve throughout the upcoming academic year (fall and spring). ASA’s can be re-appointed as long as they are a current, full-time student, in good standing with the program and university, and have faculty approval. Students will be expected to dedicate around 10 hours per month to the program and will work off of a shared calendar to determine which events they participate in.

There are eight (8) positions available for the 2023-2024 academic year.

FAA Flight Testing and Procedures

FAA Flight Physicals

The FAA MedXPress system allows anyone requiring an FAA Medical Certificate or Student Pilot Medical Certificate to electronically complete the FAA Form 8500-8. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available for your AME to review at the time of your medical examination. NOTE: A medical examination by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is required to complete the certification process. The FAA MedXPress system is not available for submission of FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist exams at this time.

Student Pilot Medical Information


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Current Students


What are the policies and procedures for flight training?

There are two documents that outline the requirements, procedures, and policies for flight training at EKU. These documents are updated often, and students should refer to them frequently for any questions they have about flight training at EKU.



How often are flight labs offered?


Flight labs are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Registration for flight labs is continuous and students can register for the next lab anytime during the semester.



How long does it take to complete a flight lab?


The flight training curriculum is designed to be completed during the four years typically associated with earning a college degree. This includes completion of Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificates. Additional certificates (Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor) are also available. Students who follow the recommended flight training schedule should plan complete all their flight training prior to graduation.

Individual completion times are dependent on many factors, most importantly student willingness to consistently fly. However, weather, maintenance, illness, check ride availability, and other factors can cause delays in flight training. If a student does not complete a flight lab in the semester in which they started it, they are allowed additional time. The Flight Lab Policy and Guidance manual provides more details on this situation.



Once I complete a flight lab, can I start the next flight lab during the same semester?


Students enroll in flight labs on a rolling basis which means, once a student completes a flight lab, the student may enroll in the next flight lab if the student meets all of the requirements outlined in the Flight Lab Policy and Guidance manual.



If I am not in a flight lab, can I fly EKU airplanes?


No, due to insurance restrictions, aircraft demand, and instructor availability, only students enrolled in a flight lab are authorized to fly EKU aircraft. They cannot be rented for private use.



I am not a Professional Pilot student; can I fly EKU airplanes?


No, due to insurance restrictions, aircraft demand, and instructor availability, only students enrolled in a flight lab are authorized to fly EKU aircraft. They cannot be rented for private use.



As an Aviation Professional Flight student, can I fly at other flight schools or in my own airplane?


Incoming students may earn a Private Pilot license at any flight school. However, to qualify for the 1000-hour RATP, students must complete instrument, commercial and multi-engine training at EKU.

All flight training conducted at EKU must be completed in EKU aircraft.



How can I build flight time?


The most common way students build flight time is to become a flight instructor after earning their Commercial certificate and Certified Flight Instructor certificate. EKU Flight Instructor position are competitive, and a significant number of students are hired as needed. Many of our flight instructors are undergraduate students still taking classes towards their bachelor’s degree.



Can I work as a flight instructor once I earn my CFI?


Students are eligible to apply for a flight instructor position once the Certified Flight Instructor certificate is completed. EKU Flight Instructor positions are competitive, and a significant number of students are hired as needed.



I am an Aviation student but have declared a different concentration. Can I switch my concentration?


Yes, EKU offers additional concentration in Aerospace Management, for students interested in managing airlines, airports, and corporate aviation departments and Unmanned Aircraft Systems for students who are interested in drones and other unmanned aircraft technology.



How do I schedule a visit/tour to learn more about the Aviation program?


Yes! Schedule a visit with EKU Aviation by visiting our website and clicking on “Visit Us.” Dates are available throughout the semester both in person and online. Tours of EKU can also be scheduled through Admissions at Campus Visit.


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Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-1014

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