Air Transport World

Revisiting US pilot certification.(Waypoints)

For the 15th time since FAA's authorization expired on Sept. 30, 2007, the US Congress in late July temporarily extended the agency's funding, once again failing to pass a comprehensive reauthorization bill.

But unlike the previous 14 instances, when every major issue was kicked down the road, it attached to the short-term extension sweeping aviation safety reform legislation, including a requirement that all Part 121 pilots hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (minimum age 23), which mandates accumulating at least 1,500 hr. of flight time before operating a commercial aircraft. First officers currently must have only an instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate requiring just 250 hr. …

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