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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commuter airline pilot training regulations, specifically: (1) changes in the commuter airline industry; (2) commuter and major airline pilot training regulatory requirements; and (3) commuter airline accident reports and statistics.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to include as part of the forthcoming rulemaking for commuter pilot training: (1) guidance describing minimum training program requirements using standards such as pilot performance criteria or required training hours; (2) guidance describing required flight training maneuvers and procedures; and (3) requirements for cockpit resource management training, including crew coordination, standard operating procedures, and pilot decisionmaking, and guidance describing acceptable training programs.
Closed - Implemented
An advanced qualification rule, signed September 26, 1990, requires cockpit management training and enhanced use of various types of training technology.

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