FAA proposed requiring US airline pilots to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, meaning first officers will need 1,500 flight hr. before ascending to a Part 121 cockpit. First officers currently need an instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate requiring just 250 hr. FAA was mandated to raise commercial airline pilot training requirements in 2010 by Congress, which passed aviation safety legislation in response to the 2009 Colgan Air crash (ATW Daily News, Aug. 2, ...

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