The Regional Airline Association (RAA) says regional carriers are beginning to see unintended consequences of the FAA’s 2013 final rule requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight hr. and an Air Transport Pilot rating before taking the right seat in a regional aircraft. “Frankly, the [First Officer Qualification] places an emphasis on flight time that favors candidates who have amassed 1,500 hr. over candidates who have undertaken academic pathways through their piloting ...

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