FAA to hear pilot anti-fatigue proposal
Friday, September 10, 2021 7:27 PM

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After a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., in which 50 people were killed, investigators found both the pilot and co-pilot suffered from fatigue and it was time for the rules regarding the subject to be rewritten, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board has leaned on the Federal Aviation Association since 1990 to modernize its regulations regarding pilot fatigue, but the airlines have stood in the way., the newspaper said.

"The rules have been out-of-date for some time," said Doug Pinion, an American Airlines (NYSE:AMR) Inc. captain and officer of the Allied Pilots Association who sat on a committee that gave recommendations to the FAA. "As aviation has evolved and a lot of things have changed, the rules really haven't been updated to address science on fatigue."

Current rules, finalized in 1985, limit pilots to 16 hours on duty and 8 hours of flight time between required 8-hour rest periods. But that doesn't take into account commute time or all-night flying for some pilots, the Morning News said.

Airline officials said they weren't given details of the proposal, which could affect how airlines schedule flights and even force some carriers to hire more pilots.

The rule will be the focus of a hearing in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee next week.

(Source: UPI )
 

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