Lucas wrote:Republic Airways has asked the FAA to lower the hour requirement for pilots. It went up after the Colgan crash.
I always thought it was typical bureaucratic response especially considering that both pilots in that crash had more than 1500hrs.
The industry is very much in love with the concept of "well, we've always done it this way!" and for good reason. Aviation is extremely unforgiving and if something works, it's best left alone...to a point.
I think the whole training pipeline needs to be refreshed, which is what Republic appears to be doing. I question their motives, though, as airlines, especially regionals, have historically been reluctant to increase quality of life unless forced by Unions. We don't have a shortage of qualified pilots, we have a shortage of pilots willing to work (or stick around) for the compensation being offered.
That said, the current building block method of training (PPL -> INST -> COMM -> ME -> CFI) needs to be rethought, perhaps combining the training. At one time in the past, it was suggested that the PPL and INST training be combined into one rating, but it went nowhere.
For folks intending a career out of this, going through all the steps in between PPL and COMM adds expense. During my PPL training, many of my CFIs held me to COMM standards and we even practiced some COMM maneuvers.
Make Orwell fiction again.