U.S. regional airlines are asking lawmakers and the FAA for relief on new first officer flight time rules the carriers say are causing pilot shortages and associated cuts in service. Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford made the plea during a House aviation subcommittee meeting on essential air service (EAS) on April 30, and it comes as lawmakers mull changes to the FAA as part of the agency’s next reauthorization, which should go into effect in fiscal 2016. “The most urgent ...


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