Federal Aviation Administration 's Policies

1151 Words Jan 29th, 2016 5 Pages
In August of 2015, quickly approaching the September 30th renewal of the Federal Aviation Administration’s policies, many regional airlines questioned the amount of time required for commercial pilots to have under their training belt. As of 2013, it is an FAA standard that pilots training for their commercial license must accumulate 1,500 hours before they are considered to have completed the program. While 1,500 hours of flying time, especially for pilots of a commercial airplane, does not seem like much, the minimum amount of hours that they had to accumulate before the rule change was just a mere 250 hours of fly time. With an increase of 1,250 hours, many of the executives from these regional airlines are upset because of one effect of the rule; the shortage of airline pilots to fly their planes. One of the main arguments to their case is the interpretation that quantity is being considered over quality here, effectively insisting that pilots with more airtime are automatically more qualified. Meanwhile, pilots that come from programs like the armed forces or aeronautical schools may not acquire as many hours, but may prove that their knowledge and training is superior to those who do meet the 1,500 hour requirement.
The reason to why exactly some major regional airlines are asking for less rigorous requirements is obvious. When airlines have a shortage of pilots, they are forced to abandon some of the less popular, but not empty, routes they use, which in turn…
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