CAPA Applauds FAA NPRM on First Officer Qualification ARC

Official Statement For Immediate Release 27 February 2012

Press contact: Lee Collins, Executive Vice President CAPA 502.417.0572/ lcollins@capapilots.org

CAPA APPLAUDS THE FAA NPRM ON THE FIRST OFFICER QUALIFICATION ARC AS A RESULT OF THE AIRLINE SAFETY ACT

Today the FAA issued the long awaited rule on the First Officer Qualification ARC convened nearly 2 years ago as a result of the Airline Safety Act of 2010 and in the wake of the Continental Express Flight 3407 tragedy in Buffalo NY just over three years ago.

The five member associations of CAPA are: Allied Pilots Association (American Airlines), Independent Pilots Association (UPS), Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (Southwest Airlines), Teamsters Local 1224, and US Airline Pilots Association (US Airways).

CAPA is pleased that the FAA has issued now new, and stronger qualifications for individuals serving as First Officers in our nations Regional Airline Fleet. These new rules dramatically increase the minimum flight time and academic qualifications required to possess the new First Officer Airline Transport Rating for commercial airline pilots in America.

"CAPA was the first to champion these new stronger standards and is proud to have led the effort both in congress and in the regulatory process to make these much needed safety improvements to our profession and the nations airline system overall." states Captain Lee Collins, Executive Vice President, CAPA

CAPA is a trade association comprised of over 28,000 professional pilots. CAPA's purpose is to address safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member on matters of common interest to the individual member unions.