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FAA Adding Tougher Qualification Requirements For Co-Pilots
(FAA news release) In a final rule to be published soon, the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Wednesday that it is increasing the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines.
Enhanced training requirements for an ATP certificate, including 50 hours of multi-engine flight experience and completion of a new FAA-approved training program.
An allowance for pilots with fewer than 1,500 hours of flight time or who have not reached the minimum age of 23 to obtain a “restricted privileges” ATP certificate. A restricted privileges ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve as a co-pilot until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours.
The options are:
Graduates holding a Bachelor’s degree with an aviation major with 1,000 hours total time as a pilot;
Graduates holding an Associate’s degree with an aviation major with 1,250 hours;
Pilots who are at least 21 years old with 1,500 flight hours.
Read the entire news release from the FAA by clicking HERE.