The FAA has released its annual forecast, predicting that cargo traffic will more than double in the next 20 years, growing at an average rate of 4.9% annually. This rate of growth makes it even more imperative to achieve one level of safety with regard to pilot fatigue rules. Cargo flights share the same runways, airports, and airspace as passenger airlines, yet the newest FAA rules addressing pilot fatigue (FAR 117) did not require cargo carriers to comply. Fixing this “cargo cave-out” is a top priority for ALPA.
Press Release – Airline Passenger Travel to Nearly Double in Two Decades
WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual forecast today projecting airline passenger travel will nearly double in the next 20 years. The report underscores the need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to accommodate the projected growth… (read more)