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      FAA increases co-pilot regulations

      The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Wednesday that it's increasing its co-pilot requirements in order to promote air safety / File


      In light of recent events, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it's increasing its co-pilot requirements in order to promote air safety.

      The decision stems from a 2009 crash in Buffalo, New York that killed all 49 people on board and another on the ground. Officials say numerous pilot and co-pilot errors contributed to the crash.

      Co-pilots, also known as first officers, will now be required to have 1,500 hours total training time up from the previous 250 hour requirement.

      Co-pilots will also be required to have an aircraft type rating that involves additional training and testing specific to the type of planes they fly, among other changes.

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