DOT inspector general: FAA trails on pilot rule

02/5/2013 | USA Today

The Federal Aviation Administration is behind on enacting a rule to better train crews (the deadline was Oct. 1, 2011) and has missed a deadline for a rule about pilot qualifications (due Aug. 1, 2012), says Jeffrey Guzzetti, a Department of Transportation official, in a report. The FAA wanted to increase the minimum training for airline co-pilots from 250 flight hours to 1,500, making exceptions for military pilots with 750 hours of training or pilots with four-year degrees and 1,000 hours; but if they do not complete the rule by August, it will go into effect without the exceptions. According to Guzzetti's report, the "FAA hasn't made moves to ensure carriers and FAA inspectors are ready to transition to these new pilot qualification requirements."

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