Loosening aviation safety rules, including lowering pilot requirements

Source: MGN Online

WASHINGTON (AP) - An influential industry panel is considering asking the government to eliminate or scale back dozens of aviation safety rules, including one on airline pilot qualifications.

The advisory panel plans to vote Thursday whether to make the recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A draft report by the panel says the recommendations are being offered in response to President Donald Trump's directives to cut government regulations.

The FAA adopted the rule on pilot qualification at Congress' direction after the last fatal crash of a U.S. passenger airliner in 2009. It requires first officers to have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience, the same minimum requirement for captains.

The report recommends giving commercial airline pilot licenses to pilots with less than 1,500 hours if they receive training from their airline.

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