Pilot Projects Recent articles about the approaching pilot shortage (Nov. 26-Dec. 9, pp. 48 and 52) were very informative. As a former airline captain, I have a couple of suggestions for how to alleviate the situation. First, the FAA should modify the co-pilot requirement in these key ways—accept 1,000 flight hours coupled with the ability to pass a written exam in order to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Many of my colleagues agree that the 1,500-hr. requirement is a ...

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