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ALPA Hails New Qualification Standards for Airline Copilots

WASHINGTON—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) hailed today’s announcement by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the agency is increasing the minimum qualification requirements for first officers (copilots) who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. The new regulations, which go into effect on August 1, reflect ALPA’s efforts on several fronts and incorporate several ALPA recommendations. Read more.

FAA Press Release on New Qualification Standards for First Officers - July 2013

WASHINGTON – In a final rule to be published soon, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it is increasing the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Read more.

Final Rule from FAA - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations

This action creates new certification and qualification requirements for pilots in air carrier operations. As a result of this action, a second in command (first officer) in domestic, flag, and supplemental operations must now hold an airline transport pilot certificate and an airplane type rating for the aircraft to be flown. An airline transport pilot certificate requires that a pilot be 23 years of age and have 1,500 hours total time as a pilot. Pilots with fewer than 1,500 flight hours may qualify for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot certificate beginning at 21 years of age if they are a military-trained pilot, have a bachelor’s degree with an aviation major, or have an associate’s degree with an aviation major. Read more.

What You Need to Know About the 1,500-Hour Rule

As of Aug. 1, 2013, all U.S. airline first officers will have to meet much more rigorous minimum qualifications than have been in place for decades. The new requirements for airline copilots are intended to improve the safety of the U.S. airline industry and should also add value to pilots’ airman certificates. This website was developed to provide up-to-date information on what ALPA members need to know about the new rule and how it impacts them. Read more.

New Qualification Requirements for U.S. Pilots

In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a bill titled the “Airline Safety and Federal Administration Extension Act of 2010” requiring first officers in FAR Part 121 operations to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. This bill, which was signed into law as Public Law 111-216, may also have the effect of requiring all U.S. airline pilots to hold a first-class medical and to be at least 23 years old. A degree of uncertainty surrounds this issue for the entire industry, because the FAA is expected to publish new regulations that expand upon and clarify the law before it goes into effect. The law gave the airlines three years to comply with this new provision, so it will take effect on August 2, 2013. Accordingly, unless the FAA modifies the regulations regarding the requirements of the ATP, pilots not holding an ATP by that deadline may not be permitted to fly for a carrier in Part 121 operations. Read more.

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Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men
Women are making great strides regarding gender equality and equal pay in the workplace. But there are many high-paying, fast-growing fields that young women still may not be aware of as exciting career options.

   The book Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men shares 22    nontraditional careers for women, including pilots.

   Two female ALPA pilots provided interviews inside the book. Read more.

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