FAA rejects Republic Airways proposal to reduce time needed for co-pilots to fly

Aviation safety regulators have rejected a proposal by a regional airline to reduce the number of hours some co-pilots need to start carrying passengers.

Based in Indianapolis Republic Airways Holdings Inc. had applied to the Federal Aviation Administration to allow pilots who complete a special program at the airline’s training academy to begin flying with a restricted license after 750 hours of training, half of what is generally required.


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