Pilot training, experience questioned as shutdown delays rules

10/16/2013 | WBBM-TV (Chicago)

Rules for more stringent pilot training likely will not be introduced next week due to the federal government shutdown. The delay raises questions about whether regional pilots are trained thoroughly, as their flights make up about half of all daily U.S. flights. These pilots are commonly lacking as much training as pilots on larger carriers and often earn far less. Experts determined that the pilot could have avoided a 2009 crash in Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people if he had had more training and experience.

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