750-hour minimum for first officers: A solution in search of a problem?

Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by Mike, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    As a result of the Buffalo crash 3 years ago when a regional turboprop landed upside down on house, the FAA now wants first officers to have at least 750-1500 hours of flight time, up from the current minimum of 250 hours. Problem is, both pilots in the Buffalo crash each had > 1500 hours.

    Business Week: Pilots Would Need More Experience Under U.S. Proposal

    I fail to see how an additional 500-1250 hours of circling in a Cub or 152 is going to improve airline safety.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Wasn't fatigue a big factor in that accident. One or both of the pilots deadheaded to their airport to begin the crew day and had already been up a good while.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That was part of it. Another was that the PIC was barely qualfied to be there in the first place, having failed & had to repeat his evaluations. Throw in disregard of the "sterile cockpit below 10,000 feet" rule & one begins to get the picture.

    So many pilots have been furloughed in recent years, that the 750-1500 hour minimum might not hurt much now, but down the road it could shift the balance towards less-skilled people who are better financed.

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