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Briefing September 2013 Issue

Briefing: September 2013

FAA Sets New Standards for First Officers

Anyone looking for a career in an airline cockpit will be affected by the FAA’s new ruling on first officer requirements. The 2009 Colgan Air crash prompted Congress to demand the new rules. All first officers who fly for passenger and cargo airlines now will be required to hold an aircraft type rating, plus an ATP certificate, which requires a minimum 1,500 hours total time and a minimum age of 23, with several available exemptions. Pilots may be able to qualify for “restricted privileges” if they are at least 21 years old and have a military background or a bachelor’s degree from an aviation program. The rule also requires all ATP applicants to have logged at least 50 hours of multi-engine time and to complete a new FAA-approved training program.

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