Colgan Air Flight 3407
The regulations require first officers to have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience. Airline captains are already required to have at least 1,500 hours. Previously, first officers were only required to have 250 hours of flight time.
The federal government announced new regulations Wednesday to keep tired pilots out of the cockpit. The new rules were prompted by a deadly accident involving a plane that took off from Newark Liberty International Airport in 2009.
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York warned on Sunday that national air safety regulations proposed after a Buffalo airliner crash two years ago are being watered down in Washington.