ALPA, joined by Airlines for America and the Regional Airline Association, wrote FAA Acting Administrator Huerta today to urge the agency to grant flight hour credit to current pilots based on their airline training and experience as they draft new regulations to raise certification standards for newly hired airline pilots.
This flexibility is important to ALPA pilots who have been flying for a considerable amount of time, but who may not meet the requirements needed to possess an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP). An ATP will be required by law for all pilots in FAR 121 operations effective August 2, 2013. Granting experienced and professional pilots credit for their training and employment experience will allow them to qualify for a new “restricted” ATP that will ensure ALPA pilots remain in the air and do not experience a break in employment as a result of the new rules.
ALPA also urged the FAA to act quickly and to issue a final rule on the ATP requirement before August 1, 2013. This will give both industry and pilots the certainty they need to plan for their careers.