The 1500 Hour Rule Explained

There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty in the aviation community since Congress passed H.R. 5900, which they titled the “Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act.” The commonly held belief is that the new law will require pilots to have 1500 hours of flight experience and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate before they can be hired to fly for any airline.

There certainly is a lot of ambiguity surrounding the law and how it will affect everyone in the airline industry, but ATP’s website does as an excellent job of explaining the 1500 hour rule and the reasons that this law is being implemented the way that it is.

The possible impact of the law on future professional aviators is also discussed as well as some potential solutions which could help pilots take full advantage of present circumstances in advance of the law coming into affect on August 1, 2013.