Flying the Friendly — and Safer — Skies

Posted by Kristina Taylor
October 21, 2009

Flying the Friendly — and Safer — Skies

After last February’s tragic airplane crash near Buffalo, New York, the U.S. House of Representatives has been working to change the regulations used to hire and train pilots.  This past week, legislation called “The Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009” was passed by a vote of 409 to 11.

Part of the bill focuses on comprehensive pre-employment screening of potential pilots, the goal being safer commercial flights for both airline customers and staff members.  In addition, a “Pilot Records Database” will be established that gives almost immediate access to airlines looking to hire existing pilots.

Though the bill has not yet become a law, it’s well on its way with substantial support from both political parties.

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