FAA panel recommends significant changes for co-pilot training

09/16/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

A new report from an FAA panel urges increased training and higher proficiency standards for airline co-pilots, according to media reports. The panel's recommendations include requiring co-pilots to pass flight tests that are more difficult than those required under current regulations and requiring the co-pilot to master the specific aircraft type that he or she will operate. If adopted, the recommendations would be the most significant change to pilot qualifications in decades.

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