Hearing is held on FAA implementation of pilot training rule

The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet deadlines from Congress requiring improved pilot-training standards and minimum pilot qualifications, according to Senate testimony from Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel III. The FAA has said the new rule, which requires co-pilots to hold an Airport Transport Pilot certificate and to have accumulated 1,500 hours of flying time, cannot be met until August 2013. "We are concerned about the issue of quantity versus quality," said Tom Hendricks, A4A senior vice president of safety, security and operations. "Hard-hour minima are not a substitute for the quality of a pilot's training and experience. Moreover, we need to avoid the unintended consequences of this rule becoming a significant barrier to recruiting airline pilots."

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