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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – The top Republican on the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee ruled out any changes to the 2013 rule that mandated 1,500 flight hours to meet the qualifications for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, which industry leaders say has made hiring pilots at regional airlines acutely difficult. 

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“The truth of the matter is we won’t touch 1,500 hours, it’s gonna stay right where it is,” said U.S. Representative Sam Graves, who is the ranking member of the committee that has oversight over the Federal Aviation Administration, its upcoming reauthorization and the statutory policies that drive its regulatory work.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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