FAA seeks stepped-up training requirements

The FAA is proposing a sweeping overhaul of training requirements for pilots, dispatchers and flight attendants following a review that found many past crashes "could have been prevented if the proposed training initiatives" had been in effect. Among other changes, the rules would require co-pilot training every nine months rather than annually, and flight attendant safety drills every year rather than every two years. Implementing the new rules will cost tens of millions of dollars, but the FAA estimates airlines could save $500 million in accident costs over a decade.

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