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Airlines and schools begin voicing opposition for increased pilot training

October 19, 2010, 06:38 am

New York Senator Charles Schumer wrote a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration opposing lobbying efforts to reduce recently modified training hours for new pilots.

Recently, an 1,500 hour minimum training requirement for new pilots was proposed, an increase from 250 hours. However, recent reports have shown that the airline industry is suggesting new pilots receive 500 hours of training.

Schumer notes that a tragic plane accident near Buffalo, New York was attributed to inexperienced crew members.

"It's outrageous that before the ink is even dry on this new law, the airline industry is already waging a campaign to undermine the very safety standards designed to prevent future tragedies like Flight 3407," says Schumer.

Money has been pinpointed as the main reason why some are opposing more training time. The Associated Press reports that some aviation schools have also expressed concerns about increasing the number of training hours. They say institutions are worried students will be less-likely to attend flight school in order to accrue more training hours.

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