Tell Congress It’s Time to End the Cargo Carveout!


On December 21, 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its final rule to address pilot fatigue in the cockpit (Federal Aviation Regulation [FAR] 117). Unfortunately, the rules only applied to commercial pilots who fly passenger operations, leaving commercial cargo operations subject to unnecessary safety risks. Cargo pilots fly the same airplanes, over the same routes, in the same airspace, and into the same airports as passenger airlines. It’s time to apply these science-based rules to all airline pilots.

Today, we ask you to stand with ALPA in promoting One Level of Safety for all airline pilots.

Please contact your senators and representatives to ask for their support of S. 826/H.R. 5170, the Safe Skies Act, which would close this loophole and end the “cargo carveout” from FAR 117. The Safe Skies Act simply mandates that FAR 117 flight, duty, and rest requirements for airline pilots also apply to all-cargo operations.

We’ve made it easy for you to voice your support—fill out our call to action today.

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As the union representing more than 63,000 airline pilots who fly both passenger and cargo operations, ALPA supports science-based regulations to address pilot fatigue and ensure airline safety. Since 2000, there have been 16 all-cargo accidents, four of which were directly attributed to fatigue.

Cargo operations often take place at night or early morning for express delivery of packages, requiring pilots to fly during periods of circadian “lows,” which scientific evidence proves can be fatiguing. As the world leader in airline safety, it does not make sense for the United States to exclude cargo operations from science-based rest rules.

For decades, ALPA has advocated for One Level of Safety for the simple reason that all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally, regardless of payload or flight mission. Reach out to your members of Congress now to ask them to cosponsor S. 826/H.R. 5170, the Safe Skies Act.