FAA Boosting Pilot Qualifications

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM EDT


July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW)- After a big push from families who lost loved ones in the crash of Continental Airlines flight 34-07, the Federal Aviation Administration is now enacting new regulations.

Commercial airline pilots will now have to have much more flying experience before they can become even a co-pilot on a commercial airline flight carrying passengers.

Co-pilots now need 1,500 total hours experience before flying a commercial plane. The previous requirement was only 250 hours.

These new rules come in response to the Clarence Center crash of Continental Airlines flight 3407 that killed 51 people and just days after the Asiana Airlines jet crashed in San Francisco claiming 2 lives.

Here are some of the other highlights of the new FAA regulations:

In order to become a captain, a pilot must first log 1,000 hours as second in command.

Also, the current certification program for captains has also been strengthened, requiring more academic and simulation training.

WNY Congressman Brian Higgins and Senator Chuck Schumer commending the FAA for for finally enacting these new rules on pilot certification. However, they also say even more needs to be done.

In legislation passed in 2010, Congress called for new standards on crew member training, safety management systems, and flight simulation training standards.

The next wave of new regulations are set to take effect in October 2013.