US airlines, particularly regional carriers, have expressed hope that strict pilot training requirements implemented by FAA in 2013 will be eased in FAA reauthorization legislation expected to be taken up by Congress later this year, but there will likely be a strong push back against any efforts to change the rules. The so-called “1,500 hr. rule” stems from aviation safety legislation passed by Congress in 2010 in response to the 2009 Colgan Air flight 3407 crash. The rule, ...

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