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Pierre Air Service Unreliable Due To New FAA Regs


Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO-AM) New federal regulations continue to make air service unreliable in South Dakota's capital city. Approximately one-fifth of all flights in and out of Pierre are being canceled due to a pilot shortage.

Last August the FAA started requiring co-pilots to log 1,500 flight hours compared to 250 hours previously required. Pilots must also pass the Air Transport exam before they can work for a commercial airline.

The new regulations have hurt Great Lakes Airlines, which provides Pierre with air service to Minneapolis and Denver. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says Great Lakes is working with the FAA to resolve the issue.