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      Johanns, Fischer Address Regulation Changes Leading to Pilot Shortages in Letter to FAA

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      U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns was joined by his colleague Sen. Deb Fischer Tuesday in addressing the Federal Aviation Administration on recent pilot shortages.

      The Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff isstruggling to complete one flight a week because of changes in training andcumulative flight hour requirements for pilots.

      The senators say although safety is of the utmostimportance, "it is also important that rules and regulations designed to improve safety do not unnecessarily burdenthe communities and industries most affected by the new standards."

      With the changes, airport officials are concerned aboutmeeting demand for air travel.

      Fischer will have the chance to question FAA Administrator Michael Huerta directly on Wednesday when he testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee.

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