In light of recent events, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it TMs 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.