Washington, D.C. – Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth sent up a trial balloon on the eve of a key set of U.S. House votes on changes to the so-called 1,500-hour rule that could erode the prospect of smooth bicameral passage of the Federal Aviation Administration’s pending reauthorization.
Senator Duckworth’s proposal would maintain the 1,500 flight-hour qualification for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, which pilots need to fly for Part 121 air carriers, plus impose new flight experience requirements, including 900 hours of cross-country time, 200 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours operating under instrument flight rules in actual instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).
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