Release #14.01
January 3, 2014

ALPA Supports Safe Skies Act and Same Flight and Duty Rules for All Airline Pilots
ALPA Advocates for One Level of Safety on All-Cargo and Passenger Flights

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding the implementation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) of FAR 117, the new science-based flight-time/duty-time (FTDT) regulation that goes into effect tomorrow, January 4, 2014.

“ALPA applauds the FAA and DOT for their continued efforts to ensure that the U.S. airline industry remains the safest in the world. The new science-based flight- and duty-time rules are a significant victory for safety and the traveling public here in the United States because they represent a long-overdue overhaul of decades-old flight and duty regulations.

“Unfortunately, the regulations have one critical shortfall because they exclude cargo airline pilots. ALPA was fully engaged in the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee regarding pilot fatigue, and has long maintained that the new flight- and duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements must cover all airline pilots. It is clear from the science that all airline pilots experience fatigue in the same ways, regardless of whether they are transporting passengers or cargo. Cargo airline pilots fly the same aircraft types over the same routes, into and out of the same airports, as passenger airline pilots. This is why ALPA supports H.R. 182/S. 1692—the Safe Skies Act, which would require that cargo pilots be included in these regulations in order to increase safety for the public. We urge every U.S. senator and representative to support this important aviation safety legislation for all who rely on air transportation.”

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