The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that pilots and flight crew need not apply for new jobs.
The agency says it has approved about 1,600 pilots and 7,000 cabin crew to join its flight schools program.
The decision comes in response to a recent study that found flight school applicants from the same socioeconomic and racial group tend to be less likely to win a job as pilots and crew than those from lower-income and minority backgrounds.
That study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Harris School of Public Policy, said flight school graduates had a median age of 28.8 years and a median income of $75,000.
In a statement, the FAA said that although the agency had previously approved pilots and the flight school program, it had not previously given permission to flight schools to compete for jobs with other flight schools.
FAA spokesman Tom Sullivan said the agency was “making sure that our flight schools programs meet the needs of those applicants.”
The FAA said it would conduct a review of the program and the pilot-and-flight-crew programs to determine whether it was needed.
It said it expects to announce a new rule later this year to address concerns about pilot and flight school candidates from the lowest income and minority groups.
The FAA’s move came just days after the agency said it was reopening the Federal Aviation Agency to the public.
The government agency was reopened in November for its first major reopening since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Agency spokesman Tom Naughton said the FAA has now opened up its operations to the general public.
He said the new rule would ensure that the safety and welfare of all flight attendants and pilots, as well as the public, are protected.
The new rule requires airlines to provide training to flight instructors and flight schools in the areas of the aviation safety and health that require the most attention.
In the new rules, the government said the first three years of flight training are to be funded through the FAA’s Flight Training Reserve Fund.
The remaining years are to come from the FAA Fund, which is intended to supplement funding that Congress has allocated to other federal agencies to train flight instructors.
FAA officials say the new FAA rules will also create a $2 billion fund that will be used to cover costs for training and support of flight instructors, flight school students and flight crews.
The fund will also provide training and other support to flight school pilots, flight schools and their instructors, according to the FAA.
The rules also say the FAA will require airlines to report all training costs to the government.
The first rule comes after the government recently said it is revamping its program to train pilots and employees.
The federal government announced last week that it would reauthorize a pilot-training program known as Flight Crew Training.
The program, which includes more than 40 airlines and includes flight schools, offers training to pilots, cabin crew and pilots in remote areas.
In March, the U.S. Congress approved funding to reauthorization of the pilot training program, and Congress approved a bill to do the same of a program known by its acronym, FTT.
That bill passed in both the House and Senate.
The legislation would have required airlines to enroll at least 50 percent of their pilots in flight training.