ALPA views the establishment of improved flight and duty rules as among the most important flight safety undertakings in modern times. Recently, the U.S. government published a final rule on flight/duty time regulations for passenger carrying airlines, FAR 117, which will implement much-needed and long-awaited safety improvements over the next two years. Unfortunately, cargo operations were not included in the new pilot fatigue rule. For decades, ALPA has demanded “One Level of Safety” for the simple reason that fatigue affects all pilots.
ALPA pilot volunteers will be in D.C. for the remainder of July advocating for Members to cosponsor and pass the Safe Skies Act (H.R. 4350/ S. 3263). This bill achieves One Level of Safety by ensuring that all pilots are protected by science-based rest requirements, regardless of whether they fly passengers or cargo.
Read more about ALPA’s recommendations to improve aviation safety here.