Major and regional carriers are calling for substantial changes to FAA’s proposed new first officer and pilot training requirements, saying the rulemaking has the potential to cause a severe pilot shortage and the loss of service to remote locations, although pilots’ representatives are unconvinced of this concern, saying thousands of furloughed Part 121 pilots are available. FAA in February at the behest of Congress released the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which mandated that ...

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