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A price worth paying. (Federal Aviation Administration's Air Carrier Training Rule)

Operators expect FAA's Air Carrier Training rule to be costly but it may help the image of regional carriers

Many regional airlines may be surprised to learn that U.S. FAA will impose a rule this fall, revising the training and qualification requirements of their operations. Even part 121 airlines will come under the new rule but the biggest impact will be on Part 135 regionals, which will have to alter their training dramatically, to match that of the major airlines, including greater use of simulators and FTDs.

While it is expected to be costly, with FAA estimating a price tag of $246 million, the rule may help restore public confidence in this segment of the industry.

Independent of the Commuter Rule, the Air Carrier Training Rule (NPRM 94-35), will mandate that regional airlines operating aircraft of 10 or more seats must comply with the training, checking and qualification standards of Part 121 carriers contained in subparts N and O of the regulation. The proposal also requires Parts 135 and 121 carriers to provide cockpit resource management (CRM) training for aircraft dispatchers and flight attendants, as well as pilots.

In this rule making, FAA's desire was to standardize the training rules for all commercial carriers, jet and turboprop alike, and incorporate the various elements of human-factors performance research into a CRM requirement of the rule. …

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