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Reps. Tenney, Langworthy Back 1,500 HR Pilot Training Rule


Our region’s representatives in Congress are leading an amendment that would maintain the current 1,500 hour rule for airplane pilot training in the FAA’s Reauthorization Bill.

“After the tragic crash of Flight 3407, the implementation of the 1,500-hour pilot training rule has unequivocally proven its worth in enhancing aviation safety,” said Rep. Nick Langworthy, who represents Schuyler and Steuben counties. “This policy ensures that our pilots receive comprehensive training, including valuable experience in real-world scenarios, equipping them to handle unforeseen challenges with confidence and skill. Maintaining the 1,500-hour rule is essential to preserve the highest standards of safety in the skies, and I urge my colleagues to support this amendment that will save lives.”

“The 1,500-hour requirement ensures that our pilots receive the necessary training and experience to handle the complexities and challenges they may face in the cockpit,” said Rep. Claudia Tenney, who represents the Finger Lakes and portions of Central New York. “In honor of the victims of Flight 3407 and their surviving families, it is crucial that we uphold this training requirement that ensures our pilots have the real life experience they need to reduce the risk of accidents and keep the flying public safe. I urge my fellow colleagues in Congress to join us in preserving this vital rule, which has demonstrated its effectiveness in making the American skies some of the safest in the world.”

The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act would authorize and amend programs administered by the FAA and the NTSB for fiscal years 2024 through 2028.


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