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Veteran pilots: Stricter FAA rules for pilot training won't improve safety

from Chicago Tribune via AviationPros

Tougher commercial pilot training rules that took effect will make America's skies safer, federal officials say, but aviation experts and veteran pilots argue that the costly changes are overreaching, off-target and creating crew shortages, all while doing little to improve safety. The changes, which affect regional carriers and increase the minimum flight time required to be a copilot from 250 to 1,500 hours, came in response to a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people. more

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