FAA rejects proposal to halve pilots’ flight-time requirement amid scarcity
A Republic Airways airplane approaches the runway at Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, on April 2, 2022.
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The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday mentioned it has rejected a proposal to halve the variety of hours required to develop into a co-pilot, as a extreme scarcity of aviators prompts carriers to chop routes.
Republic Airways, which flies quick routes for Delta, American and United, proposed to regulators in April that pilots be allowed to hitch an airline after 750 hours of flight time as soon as they’ve accomplished the provider’s coaching program.
Usually, 1,500 hours of flight time are required earlier than a brand new pilot can fly commercially, although there’s an exception for sure army expertise that cuts the requirement in half.
The so-called 1,500-hour rule was handed after the deadly Colgan Air crash in February 2009 close to Buffalo, New York. The crash additionally led to new necessities for a minimal interval of relaxation for pilots earlier than a flight.
“The FAA considers it to be of larger public curiosity to make sure and preserve the extent of security supplied by the muse of an built-in aviation training required by” present standards, the company mentioned in its choice, which was launched a day forward of a regional airline convention in Washington, D.C.
The FAA’s choice comes as airways grapple with a extreme shortfall of pilots, which executives have blamed on service cuts, notably to small cities.
“We’re dissatisfied – however not shocked – that our petition to the FAA was not met with the evaluation and engagement it deserves,” Republic CEO Bryan Bedford mentioned in an emailed assertion.