WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the FAA’s Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year’s Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, N.Y., the FAA has asked for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements.
“Experience is not measured by flight time alone,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Pilots need to have quality training and experience appropriate to the mission to be ready to handle any situation they encounter.”
The public will have 60 days to comment on basic pilot certification in four areas:
- Should all pilots who transport passengers be required to hold an Air Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with the appropriate aircraft category, class and type ratings, which would raise the required flight hours for these pilots to 1,500 hours?
- Should the FAA permit academic credit in lieu of required flight hours or experience?
- Should the FAA establish a new commercial pilot certificate endorsement that would address concerns about the operational experience of newly hired commercial pilots, require additional flight hours and possibly credit academic training?
- Would an air carrier-specific authorization on an existing pilot certificate improve safety?
The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) will be published next week in the Federal Register and will have a 60-day comment period. You can see it here. The FAA will then incorporate the comments into a new proposal that will also be published for public comment.
For more information: FAA.gov