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FAA Administrator Babbitt sees spring timeframe for flight time rule

FAA expects to have a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering new flight/duty-time regulations for commercial airline pilots out this spring, Administrator Randy Babbitt said yesterday. Speaking to the Aero Club of Washington, he acknowledged he had missed his target of a new rule by year end 2009 but compared the rulemaking to running a "3-minute mile" compared to the normal regulatory process. He also said that the agency is "on track" with plans to update pilot training and qualification requirements, a step also arising from last year's Colgan Air crash.

 

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