FAA to expand airline first-officer qualifications

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The amount and type of flying experience first officers - also known as co-pilots - must have to qualify to fly for an airline will be significantly increased under new regulations announced Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The regulations require first officers to have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience. Airline captains are already required to have at least 1,500 hours. Previously, first officers were only required to have 250 hours of flight time.

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