Bill would require cargo aircraft pilots to follow new rest rule
Washington – A Senate bill introduced Nov. 13 would require new rest regulations for pilots – set to go into effect in January – to include cargo aircraft pilots, who previously were exempted.
- Maximum flight duty period will decrease to between 9 and 14 hours for single-crew operations.
- Minimum rest period will increase to 10 hours, with a mandate that pilots must receive eight hours of uninterrupted sleep within that time period.
- Pilots must have at least 30 consecutive off-duty hours weekly, compared with the previous 24-hour minimum.
The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). At press time, it had been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, while the House version had been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee.