New pilot rules may have led to a shortage

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It looks like new rules adopted by the FAA following years of pressure from families who lost loved ones when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center may have some unintended side effects.

New safety regulations, including rest and training rules, may cut down on the number available pilots. These new standards are hurting smaller airlines. Some had to suspend certain routes or shut down altogether.

On Friday we expect to learn more when the Government Accountability Office plans to release its months-long study of nationwide pilot shortages. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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