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Officials Look To Make Air Travel Safer By Strengthening Regulations On Pilots

July 12, 2013

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July 12, 2013

With the Boeing 777 Aviation Accident that recently occurred at the San Francisco International Airport being linked to possible inexperience by the pilot at the controls, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are looking at how to improve air safety. One of the ways they are attempting to achieve this goal is by making the regulations on the flight time required to obtain the title of Co-Pilot stricter.

According to an article in Forbes magazine, the new laws passed recently require a co-pilot obtain an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate and complete 1,500 logged hours of flying time. Also, they will be required to complete training and testing on the specific types of aircraft they wish to fly.

Changes to pilot requirements were also made. Pilots must now have a minimum of 1,000 hours serving as a co-pilot in an air carrier operation before they are allowed to serve as captain of an aircraft.

The changes were made to comply with the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, which requires all co-pilots and pilots to be ATP certified.

Staff must be in compliance with the new laws beginning August 1.

The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful the changes to the law will be effective in better protecting the public from the dangers inexperience can cause when flying

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