FAA has finalized its new first officer qualification rules, opting to give more credit to some flying—including military experience—compared with the draft version of the rule, while staying within the parameters of its congressional mandate. The rules, published July 15, go into effect August 1. They require that all first officers (FOs) have Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificates and 1,500 total flight hours—with some exceptions—compared with the currently required commercial ...

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