FAA has issued a new final rule requiring pilots to accumulate 1,500 flight hours before becoming a first officer at a Part 121 US airline, but the agency does allow for some exceptions. FAA was mandated to raise commercial airline pilot training requirements by Congress, which passed aviation safety legislation in 2010 in response to the 2009 Colgan Air crash. FAA’s proposed rule on pilot certification calling for the 1,500-hours requirement, issued early in 2012, has been ...

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