FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told senators on Wednesday pilots flying multiple, short-hop itineraries might need to operate under different flight-time rules than pilots flying a single long-haul route. He also called for more mentoring by major carriers and increased professionalism among pilots who commute long distances to get to their aircraft. A Senate panel called for the FAA to mandate that airlines examine full training records when hiring new pilots. Currently, pilots must sign a privacy waiver before the records are released. "We need to fix that and fix that soon," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., chairman of the Commerce Committee's aviation panel.

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