The New FAA ATP Requirement and Pilot Staffing Considerations for Commercial Airlines and Training Institutions
Preudhomme, Jeanyves D.
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Regional and major US airlines have, in the past, hired their pilots from a variety of backgrounds, requiring varying degrees of experience, based mainly on their immediate staffing needs. Addressing a public demand for greater levels of professionalism in the cockpit, the US Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration have recently raised the commercial pilot flight experience minimums, with which airlines have to comply, to 1,500 hours of total time. This new rule, which also requires pilots applying at airlines to hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, presents airlines around the world with an unprecedented dilemma: a shortage of qualified pilots at a time when a record number of pilot retirements are taking place. Airlines, the FAA and training institutions offering professional pilot degree programs are working together to adjust to this rule and provide the pilots necessary to staff the flights.