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FAA Seeks to Update Professional Development of Air Carrier Pilots

Federal aviation administration (FAA)The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed an update to professional development training standards on commercial air carrier pilots in an effort to drive compliance with standard procedures.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will require pilots-in-command to undergo mentoring and leadership and command training with assistance to observe and familiarize themselves with flight operation procedures before they join a flightcrew, FAA said Thursday.

Each air carrier must establish a Pilot Professional Development Committee that will work to create, implement and manage formal manager-pilot mentoring programs as part of the program.

The FAA’s Call to Action comes after the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident and has received support from unions and air carriers to form professional standards and ethics committees, a code of ethics and safety risk management meetings.

The proposal is in line with the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 and the National Transportation Safety Board‘s recommendations for pilot professionalism, leadership and adherence to sterile cockpit regulations.

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