Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a new rule that would require significant increases in flight time requirements for co-pilots and make additional changes to training and certification requirements affecting pilots. See Press Release, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA Proposes to Raise Airline Pilot Qualification Standards, Feb. 27, 2012 (available here). The new regulation would require that co-pilots hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, for which they would need 1,500 hours of flight time. Currently co-pilots are only required to hold a commercial pilot certificate which can be obtained after 250 hours of flight time. The full text of the proposed rule, which will be published and available for public comment tomorrow, is available as a pdf here. The FAA has issued this rule under the authority granted it by Section 217 of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the full text of which is available here.