FAA skeptical of rules on pilot training, commutes

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told lawmakers on Thursday he does not support a bill requiring 1,500 hours of flight time for a commercial pilot's license, and he expressed doubts about forcing pilots to live within a specified distance from their hub airport. "Reporting to work fit for duty is far more complex than drawing a circle around a hub and stating that the pilot must live within that area," Babbitt told the Senate aviation subcommittee, angering some safety advocates pressing for reform after the crash of a commuter aircraft outside Buffalo, N.Y., last February.

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