US Air Transport Association Strongly Against Overhauling Training Programs for Airline Crews

Posted on 14. Aug, 2009 by in Featured

The Air Transport Assn. (ATA) in what has been described as a sharply worded statement, has called for the FAA to withdraw its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which is an attempt to improve pilot training. Among other things they assert:

“seems to abandon the advancements in pilot training programs that have been instrumental in improving airline safety.”

These advancements over the years have lowered the hours required to be an airline/commercial pilot. These advancements are simulator based. The ultimate conclusion is the Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) being pushed in Europe by IATA. Which would put a co-pilot in a 747, with less hours (40), than what is required to fly a Cessna around the local patch with one passenger. But here is my favorite quote by ATA’s President and CEO James May:

“While we appreciate the FAA’s desire to quickly adopt new training rules, we believe that the rule as proposed could set the safety clock back by more than a decade.”

Set back safety a decade, by raising training standards? That not only goes against common sense (the less you are trained the safer you are) it goes against everything I have ever learned in aviation as (not to mention FAA statistics): a Civilian Instructor Pilot (CFI/II), an Advanced Strike IP for the US Navy (TA-4J), a Training Wing Two Standardization checker (IP for IPs), Tactical Electronic Attack Wing check IP (EA-6B), a Training Landing Signal Officer (teaching young men/women how to land a jet on a ship) and as a Test Pilot IP (F-4N/S).

In the Navy we had a motto: You fight like you train.

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