Under a final rule to be put in effect next week by the
Co-pilots, formally known as first officers, will be required to complete 1,500 hours of flight time. Previously, the requirement was 250 hours. First officers will also be required to earn an aircraft type rating, which involves additional testing and training specific to each plane they fly.
"We owe it to the traveling public to have only the most qualified and best trained pilots," said Transportation Secretary
The FAA said the pilot qualification standards were spurred by the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in 2009. Initially bound for Buffalo, N.Y., the plane stalled midair and crashed into a house. Fifty people were killed.
After the crash, families of the victims lobbied
The announcement comes four days after
The pilot landing the plane, Lee Kang-kook, had just 35 hours of flying experience on the
As written, the FAA's new regulations would not apply to commercial pilots who are based in a foreign country. The difference in regulations surfaced Wednesday with Asiana Flight 214, when the
Later Wednesday, U.S. Sen.