• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 16s

Struggling to gain hours, FAA rule change impacts pilots

By Shannon Ballard 10:36 PM January 11, 2014

A local flight instructor says an FAA rule change made in the summer has led to a shortage of pilots now

ANCHORAGE - Flight instructor Armon Tabrizi came to Alaska to gain experience in the sky.

“Luckily in Alaska you get a fair amount of hours pretty fast,” Tabrizi said.

Tabrizi is the pilot who landed a Cessna 172 RG on Boniface Parkway this week.

“That was definitely a day where a lot of the training kicked in,” he said.

Tabrizi believes flight training is about quality more than quantity.

The Federal Aviation Administration, however, wants more time spent training. Last summer it made a drastic change to the amount of hours required to be a co-pilot for passenger and cargo planes by upping hours from 250 to 1,500.

“Looking at it as a pilot … I look at it and think, ‘Yeah, 250 hours, I understand the need for raising the bar there.’ 1,500  hours, that might be a little bit of overkill,” Tabrizi said.

Now pilots in Alaska are scrambling and flight schools are filling up with people like Joshua Carlson.

“My long-term goal is to get as many ratings and certificates as possible,” Carlson said.

But Carlson might be an exception.

Some regional airlines worry people may be discouraged from becoming pilots.

“For anyone considering to fly and make it a career it’s definitely going to have an impact,” Carlson said. “I think long-term it’s going to produce better pilots.”

Pilots who will know what to do in dangerous situations, even the most unexpected ones.

The change in required co-pilot hours comes after a regional carrier plane crashed near Buffalo, New York, in 2009, killing 50 people.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Child missing after fire destroys Tununak home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 09, 17:23

    Authorities say a young child is unaccounted for after an early morning fire destroyed a home in the village of Tununak. Alaska State Troopers in Bethel were contacted by an officer from Tununak at 1:21 a.m. Friday, informing them of a residential fire, according to an online dispatch. Troopers described the home as “completely burnt to […]

  • DayBreak

    Daybreak Adopt-A-Pets for Oct. 9, 2015

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 09, 13:49

    There are plenty of furry faces hoping to find a loving home. Those looking on the lookout for one are in luck. In this weeks Adopt-A-Pet, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control has three four legged friends ready to be adopted. Doe’jo: Looking for a warm lap to curl up in Friendly and affectionate Lovely […]

  • News

    More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

    by Associated Press on Oct 09, 12:18

    Alaska’s Prince William Sound will see more, but smaller icebergs in the next decade. That’s according to a report by a marine safety organization that monitors tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council says icebergs from Columbia Glacier are smaller because they have to travel farther before […]

  • DayBreak

    Van Gogh comes to life at the Anchorage Museum

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 09, 11:32

    A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum brings the work of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh to life. “Van Gogh Alive – The Experience” runs from Friday, October 9, 2015 to January 10, 2016. Using state-of-the-art multimedia technology, and set to an “evocative classical score,” Van Gogh’s paintings are projected onto massive screens throughout the […]

  • News

    Alaska Permanent Fund Corp names new CEO

    by Associated Press on Oct 09, 11:07

    Angela Rodell has been selected to be the new CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. The corporation’s board voted unanimously Friday to offer Rodell the job. The corporation says the selection is contingent upon the successful negotiation of a salary and benefits package. Rodell served as a Revenue commissioner under Gov. Sean Parnell and […]

  • DayBreak

    Mic Check in the Morning: Vicious Mammals

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 09, 10:10

    “Junkyard” Jesse Jack, Dick Nitrous, CJ Elliott and Dale Payne make up the rock band Vicious Mammals. Hailing from Wasilla, the band has earned comparisons to groups like AC/DC and the New York Dolls. In July they released their debut album, “Switchblade Ballerina.” When asked how the band came up with their name, Jack says […]

  • Crime

    One person hospitalized following early morning shooting in Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 09, 9:02

    Anchorage police are investigating an early morning shooting near Dimond Blvd. and Arctic Blvd. that left one person hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Dispatchers received word of a disturbance at a business near W. 64th St. and C St. just before 3 a.m. Friday morning, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. Officers were […]

  • Sports

    ABL adjusts as Alaska Goldpanners exit league

    by Dave Goldman on Oct 09, 7:52

    The show must go on. And it will. In this case, that show is the Alaska Baseball League, which will enter its 42nd summer season in 2016.  But it will enter those warm nights shorthanded. Last month, the Alaska Goldpanners decided to leave the league to play other independent baseball teams from across the country. The move was […]