http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/mo...r-staff-training/story-fn7x8me2-1226081550005 MORE pilot training and new English-language standards for airline cabin crew are needed to boost passenger safety in Australia, a parliamentary committee says. A report into pilot training and standards raises questions about safety as airlines race to lower costs in a competitive market. The report called for new regulations and the aviation watchdog to get more funding and increased powers. Under the recommendations Jetstar cadets would have to boost training from 250 hours to 1500 hours, independent senator Nick Xenophon said. But the Qantas Group, representing Jetstar, rejected the assertion that training was inadequate and said its standards were approved by the regulator and passengers were safe. Inquiry chairman, Liberal senator Bill Heffernan, tabled the report, which contains 22 recommendations, including new training standards. Senator Xenophon said pilot fatigue had been raised with him privately. "Just because flights are getting cheaper does not mean standards should fall." A Qantas spokesman said all Qantas Group airlines upheld the highest safety and pilot standards, and complied with strict regulatory requirements set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.