Today Senators Boxer (D-CA), Cantwell (D-WA), and Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a Senate version of the Safe Skies Act of 2013. This important legislation will ensure that all airline pilots have the same level of protection from fatigue by applying the FAA’s new flight- and duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements to all pilots. A bipartisan companion bill (H.R. 182) was introduced in the House of Representatives on the opening day of the 113th Congress by Rep. Grimm (R-NY) and Rep. Bishop (D-NY).
S. 1692 directs the FAA to apply the flight, duty and rest requirements (FAR 117) to all-cargo operations in the same manner as they apply to passenger operations. Cargo pilots fly the same routes, in the same airspace, and into the same airports as passenger airlines. Moreover, cargo operations often take place at night or early morning for express delivery of packages, increasing pilot fatigue as proven by modern science. Fatigue affects individuals the same way and all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally regardless of payload or flight mission.
Please see ALPA’s support letter on this bill here.
View photos from today’s press conference with ALPA pilots, the House and Senate bill sponsors, and Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/sets/72157637636581155/