WASHINGTON – The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding the release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) cost-benefit analysis.
“After reviewing the FAA supplemental cost-benefit analysis of cargo operations in the new Federation Aviation Regulation (FAR) 117 flight-time/duty-time rule generated in response to the Independent Pilots Association suit, ALPA remains committed to ensuring One Level of Safety for all passenger and cargo operations.
“We believe calculating cost versus benefit based on the absence of an aircraft accident and resulting passenger fatalities is a fallacy, and a severe deficiency in the cost-benefit process. Because cargo aircraft do not carry passengers, it’s not surprising that the cost outweighs the benefit, yet cargo aircraft share the skies and airports with airlines conducting passenger operations. While government has shifted to evaluating safety improvements by eliminating accident precursors in other areas, it chose not to do so in this case. ALPA firmly believes that there is no price tag on the safety of our skies.
“We remain committed to pursuing a fix to the flawed cargo cutout from the new flight-time/duty-time rule, both through regulatory action and pursuit of the Safe Skies Act on Capitol Hill.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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