Moak Presses Obama to Update Flight/Duty Rule

August 16, 2011 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, wrote today to U.S. President Barrack Obama, reiterating ALPA’s call for a final, science-based rule on pilot flight/duty and rest and reminding him about the Congressionally mandated August 1st deadline.

Moak called for “One Level of Safety,” adding, “The effect of fatigue is the same whether a pilot is carrying cargo, passengers, or U.S. military troops . . . it is a universal problem.”

The letter to President Obama is just the latest effort to jumpstart a long overdue rulemaking, which has been stalled within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget due to petitions from other segments of the industry.

ALPA issued a grassroots Call to Action to encourage members to also send messages about a revised flight/duty and rest rule to President Obama. In addition, Moak wrote to key Senate and House committee leaders last week, highlighting the elapsed deadline and calling on the government to act.

In 2010, Congress passed aviation safety legislation requiring the FAA to make new rules to address pilot fatigue by August 1, 2011.

Read Moak’s letter.