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Days after Asiana crash, FAA to require more training for co-pilots
Days after Asiana crash, FAA to require more training for co-pilots

Under a final rule to be put in effect next week by the Federal Aviation Administration, co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo planes will face a more stringent certification process and a more extended training sequence. 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 Anthony Foxx in a...

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