Embry-Riddle is the only university where the Flight Line is located on the main campus and is within walking distance of its dormitories and classrooms. The campus is also adjacent to Daytona Beach International Airport. See map for details.

Any current Embry-Riddle student can rent Embry-Riddle airplanes. Single-engine airplane rentals require a Private Pilot Certificate and rental check-out from an Embry-Riddle flight instructor. For multiengine airplane rentals, an Embry-Riddle Flight Instructor must accompany the renter on the flight due to insurance reasons.


Embry-Riddle students and immediate family members are permitted to observe any flight training activity. Any person participating in a training flight must be in proper attire — long pants, shirt with sleeves, socks, and closed-toe shoes. Check in at the flight desk and inform the dispatcher that you wish to observe a training flight.


You are required to have a headset, electronic flight computer, plotter, and a kneeboard. These items may be acquired through the Embry-Riddle Bookstore or other commercial sources.

Check in at the flight desk, and let the dispatcher know that you want to observe a flight. Be sure to bring your FTRA badge with you; it is needed to get onto the ramp. If you do not have an FTRA badge, the flight supervisor can issue a temporary badge.

Private Pilot (FA 121) Training Start Dates

At Embry-Riddle, students are phased into our training at different start dates for capacity and safety reasons. Training start dates are assigned on a first come, first served basis depending on your matriculation date to the university. You can identify your start date by looking at your flight block registration (FA 95S). Each section will line up with the start date listed in the chart below (based on the semester you are registered for):

  FA 95S Sections
 Semester 50, 51 & 53 60, 61 & 63 70 & 71 80 & 81
Fall Semester Start Date Week 1 Week 5 Week 9 Week 13
Spring Semester Start Date Week 1 Week 5 Week 9 Week 13
Summer A Start Date Week 1      
Summer B Start Date Week 1 Week 5    

Instrument Start Dates

Start dates for instruments occur on a first come, first served basis as well. However, students are assigned daily as room in the flight block section (FA 95I) permits.


For safety reasons, any person occupying Embry-Riddle aircraft must wear long pants, a shirt with at least short sleeves (NO shirts with cutoff sleeves or sleeveless shirts), socks, and closed-toe shoes.

Training Managers are experienced instructors who supervise a team of flight instructors. Training managers are responsible for tracking student progress throughout their flight course and for solving any problems that may arise.

You will have to file a FERPA release with the University.

FERPA stands for The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It protects the rights of students by controlling the creation, maintenance, and access to educational records. It guarantees students' access to their academic records while prohibiting unauthorized access by others.

Students must sign a FERPA release to allow others (parents) to have access to their educational records.

FERPA information may be found on the University website or at Records and Registration in the Student Annex, 2nd Floor.

You will need to provide proof of citizenship to Flight Data and Certification located in the Flight Operations Building (#26) Room 207.

An original birth certificate AND a valid driver’s license OR a valid Passport AND copy of the birth certificate serves as proof. If you do not have an original birth certificate, a certified raised-seal copy from Vital Statistics will be accepted. Flight Data and Certification will also need copies of your medical certificate, pilot certificate (if applicable), and EAGLE card (university ID).

First time flight students will have the opportunity to apply for a Student Pilot Certificate with one of Embry Riddle’s 141 Airmen Certificate Representatives on campus.

IMPORTANT: Due to FAA regulations, it is mandatory that all official documents listed above include your full legal name spelled out in its entirety. Please contact Flight Data and Certification with questions regarding documents needed for flight training at 386-226-7660 or 386-323-8073.

You will be assigned to your flight instructor after you have registered for a flight course, proven your citizenship and medical information at the Embry-Riddle Records and Registration Department, and have selected a flight block.

Your instructor will contact you via your university email or by cellphone.

Note: International students must have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Clearance. (See directions under "What do I do if I am an International student?")

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