Originally Posted by cws1028
I know when the wording of H.R. 5900 came out there was talk of exceptions down to 1,000 hours for a frozen ATP with a four year degree in aviation as well as another one for the military, but recently I have not heard too much about it. Does anyone know if they are still in the works at this point?
Once the comment period closed (in April), the FAA began reviewing what everyone had to say. The exceptions (1000/750) were simply proposed. Based off the comments, testimony, etc, etc the FAA will release the final ruling. Apparently that ruling was supposed to be out this month, however, someone on this forum emailed the contact at the FAA and posted her response which basically said the final ruling would be out spring of next year. I'm assuming they received more comments then anticipated.
HR5900 is still a go, so all pt. 121 pilots will need an ATP by August 2013, however, it is now up to the FAA to determine what is needed for an ATP. The 1000/750 proposal may stick, they may just keep the current ATP req's in place and offer no exceptions, or (what many think will happen) they'll lower those exceptions even more and tier it as well. So for example, 500 for aviation grades with a jet course, 750 for jet course OR aviation school, military, 1000 for this, 1250 for that, etc. That's what I heard from a friend who's been working on the HR5900 stuff in DC. So we'll see.