January 5, 2016 - The FAA amends final rule it
made on Part 135 fight operations that had
required in some cases the copilot, the second
in command (SIC) of a Part 135 flight to hold an
Back in 2010, congress passed the “Airline
Safety and Federal Administration Extension Act
of 2010”, this bill would require the
copilot, the first officer of a Part 121 fight
to hold Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
This legislation came about in part due to the
Colgan Air Flight 3407 which was on an
instrument approach for Buffalo-Niagara
Airport in which the
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, N200WQ, d.b.a.
Continental Connection flight 3407, crashed
killing all 49 onboard.
During the investigation, it was learned that
the copilot of Flight 3407 who held a commercial
pilot certificate lacked the necessary skills
and flight training needed. As a result,
congress mandated that all first officers under
conducting a Part 121 fight shall hold a Airline
Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.