Subcommittee discusses pilot flight, duty time

Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee on Sept. 16 said they would be vigilant in ensuring a new proposed rule for pilot flight and duty time is not neglected.

The promise was made during a hearing on the need for a pilot flight and duty time rule. The Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 10 proposed a rule (.pdf file) aimed at addressing airline pilot fatigue.

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) said he still has concerns about whether pilots who work second jobs or commute from long distances to work are adequately rested when they start their work schedule. Capt. John Prater, president of the Washington-based Air Line Pilots Association International, told the committee that any revision of the rule must be based on scientific data, must have one level of safety in flight and duty time regulations, and should provide a method for carriers to transition to a Fatigue Risk Management System.

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