According to UAA’s Collegiate Aviation Guide (2008), approximately 416 students are enrolled in flight education associate degree programs and 6,092 in baccalaureate degree programs. Graduates from these institutions “…typically have earned their private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and perhaps the certified flight instructor qualifications, have about 250 to 350 hours of flying time, and are not yet 23 years of age” (Brady, 2009, p. 2). If the ATP provision is approved, graduates will be required to log an additional 1,150 to 1,250 hours to qualify for a part 121 air carrier’s entry-level first officer position which exacerbates the threat of a pilot shortage and places a severe strain on all hiring channels especially collegiate aviation. The FAA established the First Officer Qualification Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in response to FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt’s Airline Safety Pilot Training Call to Action on June 15, 2009. The committee released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in February 2010, requesting public comments (due by April of 2010) regarding new pilot certification requirements for part 121 operations. The following discusses responses for pertinent questions from several aviation trade associations1, 1AOPA, ALPA, UAA, AABI, SAFE, RAA, PCI, IATA, NBAA, NATA, NAFI, ATA, CAPA and GAMA
11 airlines2and universities3that submitted comments on . First, “Are aviation/pilot graduates from accredited aviation university degree programs likely to have more solid academic knowledge base than other pilots hired for air carrier operations? Why or why not?” (New Pilot Certification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations, 2010, p. 6165). Typically, respondents answered this question in the affirmative (see table 2). Table 2 Dispersion of Responses to First Question Respondent Yes No No Answer Total Professional Organizations 8 2 4 14 Airlines 3 1 0 4 Collegiate Institutions 5 0 0 5 Total 16 3 2 23 The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) represents approximately 53,000 pilots who fly for 38 air carriers in the United States and Canada (Air Line Pilots Association, 2010). In their response they stated, “…an accredited university’s academic program will very likely be more in-depth on the knowledge requirements currently outlined in the regulations, provide more up-to-date instruction on technology, operations, and the operating environment, and 2Continental Airlines, Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Ameristar Air Cargo 3Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, ERAU, Parks College, University of Alaska Anchorage and Liberty University
12 produce a better-rounded individual” (Air Line Pilots Association, 2010, p. 5). The Regional Airline Association (2010) agreed by stating, “…a candidate with an aviation degree is better prepared to transition to the structured training environment of an air carrier” (Regional Airline Association, 2010, p. 5). Three of the four airlines witnessed better performance and a greater breadth of
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