RAA Urges Fixing Of Pilot Supply Challenges

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has called on the US Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to work together to fix pilot supply challenges. The RAA spoke after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report which stated that the traditional pilot supply pipeline has been severed by the ‘1,500 hour rule’. It claims the rule has unintentionally cost thousands of airline, and related jobs, and dozens of communities their air service. The RAA says the cuts will continue to grow over the coming years, unless the government immediately addresses this issue. RAA president Roger Cohen noted: “Some 70 per cent of the US relies on regional airlines for their only scheduled flights, and RAA has been among many that have said this 1,500 hour rule was an arbitrary ‘quantity versus quality’ standard. RAA also predicted that it would lead to a significant loss of air service to communities large and small, but its impact has proven more immediate and significant than analysts predicted with hundreds more cities that could lose their service and thousands more lost jobs across all sectors.” Cohen adds the current 1,500 rule does not reflect the value of quantity versus quality hours, underscored by the former FAA administrator: "It is imperative we continue to encourage the next generation of aviators to support our growing system.

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