WASHINGTON—The significant increase in flight hours required to become a U.S. airline pilot—mandated by Congress in 2010 and cemented into regulation by FAA in 2013—has had the “side effect” of “reducing the number of pilots” and should be revisited by Congress, said Elaine Chao, the U.S. transportation secretary. Speaking recently at a forum sponsored by The Washington Post, Chao said what has become known as the 1,500-hr. rule means there are ...


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