Report: US Lags On Fulfilling Airline Safety Law

By Joan Lowy

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009 file photo, the wreckage of Continental flight 3407 lies amid smoke at the scene after crashing into a suburban Buffalo home and erupting into flames. Aviation officials are proposing new rules on how airlines should train pilots, more than two years after a deadly crash in western New York that was attributed to pilot error. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the proposed rules would be the most substantial and wide-ranging overhaul of airline crew training in two decades. They will require airlines to train pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers together in real life scenarios in more advanced flight simulators. (AP Photo/Dave Sherman, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are struggling to overcome substantial industry opposition and implement a sweeping aviation safety law enacted after the last fatal U.S. airline crash nearly four years ago, according to a report by a government watchdog.

The Federal Aviation Administration is experiencing lengthy delays in putting in place rules required by the law to increase the amount of experience necessary to be an airline pilot, provide more realistic pilot training and create a program where experienced captains mentor less experienced first officers, according to the report by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. The report was obtained by The Associated Press.

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