Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao discussed a current shortage of pilots, and she feels training requirements are partly to blame.
“There is the 1,500 hour rule, which came about because of a tragic accident in Upstate New York,” Chao said to the moderator, referring to Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence on Feb. 12, 2009.
…”The 1,500-hour rule has been in place for 30 or 40 years. It’s an FAA rule. We didn’t come up with that number,” Kausner said.
…Kausner and Eckert, along with Rep. Collins say training isn’t to blame for a pilot shortage; Pay and the nature of the job are to blame. Entry level pilots make only about $20,000 a year.
You can trust this administration to do one thing: not get the facts right.