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FAA Expands Number Of Flight Hours Required for Commercial Airline Co-Pilot Certification

July 12, 2013

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On Wednesday, the FAA announced that it is finalizing new rules requiring 1500 hours in flight time in order for a pilot to be certified as co-pilots in U.S. passenger and cargo flights.    The rule change has been in the works since 2010, and was spurred by families who lost loved ones in the 2009 crash of Colgan Air 3407, in which confused, inexperienced pilots caused the deaths of 49 people.  Current rules require only 250 hours in flight time before a pilot can be certified to act as co-pilot in commercial passenger flights.

Authored by:  Attorney Brenda M. Johnson

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