Press Release – FAA Issues revised Rule on Pilot Fatigue

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For Immediate Release

April 1, 2015
Contact: Brie Camembert or Ali Dukette
Phone: (202) 267-3111


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Beaver and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Garden today announced a minor amendment to Part 117 which will apply to left-handed pilots who operate cargo aircraft. The immediate fatigue rules only apply to left handed cargo pilots; right-handed and ambidextrous pilots will still be controlled by Flight and Duty Time rules.

“This is a major safety achievement,” said Secretary Beaver. “We made a promise to the traveling public that we would do everything possible to make sure pilots are rested when they get in the cockpit. The cargo pilots have gone and gone and gone to the Congress, the public and the FAA (repeatedly) asking that the new Part 117 apply to them. This new rule raises the safety bar to prevent fatigue and gets the unions off of our backs.”

“Every pilot has a personal responsibility to arrive at work fit for duty. This new rule gives pilots enough time to get the rest they really need to safely get passengers to their destinations,” said FAA Administrator Garden. ”We commissioned a scientific, academic study of the unique fatigue which cargo pilots incur during their nocturnal flying. Much to our shock the data showed that the south paws had greater need for rest than the starboard/two handed cockpit crew members. The new rules will create that distinction. We know that this new rule will make cargo airline crew scheduling impossible, but we now know that we have to protect the left; so we will.”

The data is so overwhelming that it justifies going to a immediate and final rule. But if you have any interest in commenting, you have 30 days from April 1, 2015.

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