Fighting Fatigue

Pilots Hail Bill to Advance One Level of Safety for Passenger and Cargo Airlines
The Safe Skies Act of 2012 Would Apply Pilot Fatigue Rule to All Airline Pilots

April 17, 2012 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Int’l, issued the following statement on the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Safe Skies Act of 2012 (H.R. 4350).

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, hails the introduction of the Safe Skies Act of 2012 as serious action to enhance the safety of air transportation by ensuring that all-cargo airlines meet the same high safety standards as the passenger airlines with which they share airports and airspace.

“Airline pilots strongly commend Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) for their leadership in introducing this bill. If passed, the legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to apply the Federal Aviation Administration’s flight- and duty-time regulations and minimum rest requirements to all-cargo airline operations in the same way that the science-based regulations currently apply to passenger operations.

“All airline pilots are human beings, and all airline operations should benefit from the same high safety standards. This bill would achieve what Congress intended when it passed the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2010 (P.L. 11-216), by mandating that the FAA’s regulations apply to all commercial airline pilots, regardless of whether they fly passengers or cargo. ALPA urges Congress to take up and pass the Cravaack-Bishop bill as swiftly as possible.”