TULSA, Okla. - The FAA is upping its training requirements for commercial pilots and that's not sitting well with some.
Right now, first officers, often known as co-pilots, are required to have at least 250 hours of flying experience. That jumps to 1,500. Airline captains are already required to have at least 1,500 hours.
Michael Maguire has been flying for 25 years and tells KRMG the current training system works. Maguire says, "The record, as I said, speaks for itself. There's absolutely no reason and it can actually make things worse to have a knee-jerk reaction just to satisfy some sort of public panic."
The rule changes also requires first officers to have an aircraft-type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to the type of airplane they fly.
"The rule gives first officers a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge and experience before they fly for an air carrier," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.
It is worth noting that it is unlikely the regulations would have made a difference had they been in place since the pilot flying the Asiana plane had nearly 10,000 hours of flying experience.
The FAA also changed the rules for pilots two years ago. Those policies concerned airline pilot work schedules and were aimed at preventing dangerous errors made by tired or overworked pilots.