Pilots’ union files brief against FAA over pilot rest ruling

Washington – The Independent Pilots Association filed a petitioner’s brief (.pdf file) April 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit over the Federal Aviation Administration’s exclusion of cargo carriers in a recent final rule (.pdf file) on pilot rest period requirements.

The union, which represents the pilots of Atlanta-based UPS, argues that FAA succumbed to cargo aircraft carrier pressures to exclude these pilots from the final rule.

The FAA ruling, finalized Jan. 4, decreases pilots’ maximum on-duty time and increases their maximum rest time to reduce or eliminate the safety risks associated with pilot fatigue.

The House on April 16 introduced the Safe Skies Act (H.R. 4350), which would require cargo aircraft pilots to be held to the updated rest period regulations.

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