Pilots who graduate from South Dakota State University's aviation program be eligible to receive a commercial pilot's license with fewer hours than required by a new rule.
The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the SDSU students for a restricted airline transport pilot certificate. It will allow them to be hired by an airline with 1,250 flight hours instead of the 1,500 required with an unrestricted version of the license.
Only 20 schools in the country had qualified for the restricted license as of Nov. 20.
The FAA has been ironing out new regulations following the 2009 crash of a Colgan Airlines flight that killed 49 people in the plane and one person in a home. Investigators say pilot error led the plane to stall.