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Recommending rolling back the requirements for entry-level pilots because there is a shortage of pilots, per President Donald Trump’s directives to cut government regulations, is ludicrous.

I can’t imagine anyone during takeoff saying to themselves, “Gee, too bad the pilot has to put in so many hours before getting behind the wheel.” We need more experienced entry-level pilots, not fewer. Even the pilots’ union and safety groups oppose this. It’s clearly backward thinking inspired by a backward-thinking president.

Instead of cutting back thus increasing flight risk, why not decrease the flight risk which is what the regulations are designed to help with?

Incentivize the program to allow pilots to gain more experience — pay, scholarships, etc.

Why is this even being discussed? Pretty clear the “influential industry committee” has ulterior motives.

Eddie Wilson, Seattle