FAA issues new rules for airline pilots to improve pilot performance

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced new rules to improve pilot performance and preventing errors in the cockpit that could lead to crashes, the company said.

The new requirements are aimed at boosting pilot professional development and ensuring that pilots adhere to all standard operating procedures, including performing only essential duties during critical phases of flight, including all take-offs and landings.

The regulation, first proposed in 2016, will implement in stages through April 2023. The rules were inspired by the last fatal crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier jet that crashed on approach to Buffalo, New York in February 2009, killing 50.

The FAA said the rule will mitigate incidents of unprofessional pilot behavior and reduce pilot errors that can lead to a catastrophic event.

Under the rules, the FAA requires new airline pilots must complete two flights as observers before taking the controls. The FAA also will require airlines to have pilot professional development committees to administer formal pilot mentoring programs and revise and upgrade curriculum.