New pilot rules expected to have Alaska impact

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by written story: Associated Press
by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A new federal rule requiring commercial pilots for regional airlines to have more hours of flying experience is expected to have an impact in Alaska.
   
Reports say that the Federal Aviation Administration rule goes into effect Aug. 2. It will require captains and co-pilots for regional airlines to have at least 1,500 hours of flying time before being in charge in the cockpit.
   
Aviation experts say the change was in response to the 2009 Colgan Air crash that killed 50 people in Buffalo, N.Y. At that time, pilots were only required to have 250 hours of flight time.
   
Brian Carricaburu with PenAir says the concern is that the rule will encourage pilots to go to major airlines, leaving Alaska's regional carriers in a desperate situation.
 

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