New airline rules for first officers instituted Aug. 1 will increase pressure on flight-training providers to devise more innovative and affordable solutions to building hours. At a minimum, freshman first officers will need 1,500 hr. flight time for an Air Transport Pilot rating, up from 250 hr. and a commercial rating, with fewer hours required for military pilots or those with an aviation degree. Texas-based Redbird Flight Simulations, a provider of low-cost full-motion simulators, is ...

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