A special authorization by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University the authority to certify its Aeronautical Science degree graduates the opportunity to apply for first officer status upon reaching 1,000 hours and therefore eligible sooner to work for commercial airlines. Effective immediately, pilots with 1,000 flight hours rather than 1,500 hours will be eligible for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license and the opportunity to apply for a first officer position with an airline. Under the July rule, aviation degree-granting four-year universities like Embry-Riddle were allowed to apply for flight-time reductions for its graduates based on its comprehensive and a rigorous training curriculum that includes the nation's only full motion simulator training at an accredited academic higher educational institution. To be hired by the airlines, candidates will need both the ATP license and an airline aircraft type rating.