Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Airlines for America (A4A), the primary trade organization for U.S. carriers, has filed comments in response to the FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, issued on Feb. 29, 2012, which would alter the requirements for pilot certification. The FAA's proposed rule would require first officers hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, currently only required for pilots in command. A4A warns that the 1,500 flight hours required to obtain the certificate could result in a shortage of certified pilots. A4A recommends the FAA establish a separate certificate for first officers that takes into account the quality of a pilot's training and experience without relying on a minimum flight hour threshold. In its comments, A4A also recommends the FAA form an aviation rulemaking committee to consider the adoption of a Multicrew Pilot Licensing Program. The A4A's full comments are available here. The commenting period ended April 30.