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ALPA Urges Better Fatigue Rules for Cargo Pilots

August 27, 2019

ALPA Urges Better Fatigue Rules for Cargo Pilots

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), partnered with the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), including the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224 to renew efforts to achieve one level of safety for all-cargo pilots and issued collective support for legislation that would close this dangerous loophole and ensure that all airline pilots fly under the same safety standards.

The Safe Skies Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), would apply the same flight, duty, and rest rules to cargo flights as commercial airlines to prevent dangers posed by fatigued pilots. While many of the same regulations are used for both commercial passenger and cargo airlines, lesser requirements are in force on all-cargo operations in several crucial areas, which results in unnecessary safety risks. For example, updated science-based flightand duty-time regulations for passenger operations apply only to pilots at passenger airlines and do not include allcargo pilots. ALPA, along with the others named above, is urging this be changed.
   —Please visit http://www.alpa.org/news-and-events/newsroom/2019-07-23-airline-pilots-urge-capitol-hill-enhance-fatigue-rules-all-cargo-operations to read more about this.