According to “How Many Hours Are Enough?” (Washington Watch, July 2010, page 64) an FAA proposal to raise the airline pilot minimums has produced “a chorus” that “emphatically rejects the 1,500 hr./ATP requirement for Part 121 first officers . . .” And the Regional Airline Association said the proposal could have “the unintended and negative effect of reducing the number of highly qualified airline pilot professionals without any demonstrable safety benefit.” In 28 years of professional ...


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