Try as they might, regional airlines just can’t seem to avoid the glare of public scrutiny. The latest controversy, involving the fatal crash of a Pinnacle Airlines CRJ200 on October 14 last year, has once again forced the industry to defend its safety record. This time, however, the airlines can’t blame the hubbub on the rantings of politicians or ex-DOT Inspectors General.
Pilot licensing and certification
Despite the precariousness of the legacy airlines and their pension plans, their pilots still narrowly support the FAA’s mandatory age-60 retirement rule for Part 121 airline pilots. But most pilots flying for the lower-cost carriers advocate eliminating the rule or at least modifying it to enable them to remain in the cockpit longer.
Ilovene Potter, a long-time member of the Whirly-Girls and Ninety-Nines, died February 14 in Puyallup, Wash. She was 87. Potter earned her private-pilot license in 1941 and was the first woman in Washington state to receive a helicopter rating.
NetJets Europe will hire more than 100 pilots this year–the largest intake of aircrew since the fractional ownership program started in 1996. It is looking for applicants with a minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time, 500 hours multi-engine time, a valid European Union passport and a full European air transport pilots license.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has passed a bill that would raise the age limit for airline pilots to 65 when the pilot is serving as a required pilot on a multicrew aircraft and the other pilot is younger than 60 years of age. The measure has been placed on the legislative calendar for a vote by the full Senate.
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