FAA rejects Republic Airways' proposal to reduce the number of hours needed to become a first officer

FAA rejects Republic Airways’ proposal to reduce the number of hours needed to become a first officer

(CNN) — Federal regulators have firmly rejected an airline’s controversial request to cut hiring standards for commercial pilots in half to tackle the global pilot shortage. In April, regional airline Republic Airways petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to allow graduates of Republic’s own LIFT Academy to become airline co-pilots with 750 hours of flight experience, …

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