helicopter instructor pilots http://apr.org en Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots http://apr.org/post/army-wants-ground-heavy-training-pilots <P>The Army is trying to thin out the ranks of its civilian helicopter instructor pilots with a 250-pound weight limit.</P> <P>New military rules set to take effect Monday at the Army's aviation training center in Alabama limit their weight.</P> <P>The Army is defending the limit, saying heavier pilots increase costs because more fuel is required to keep them aloft.</P> <P>A union representing civilian pilots at Fort Rucker has filed a federal lawsuit trying to block the new weight restriction, but a judge hasn't ruled.</P> <P>The suit includes six flight trainers whose weight ranges fro Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:12:17 +0000 The Associated Press 27633 at http://apr.org Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots