1-Oct-2010 11:05 AM

US Airways' pilots express concern to Congress over FAA's fatigue rules

US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, submitted (30-Sep-2010) testimony to the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Aviation expressing its serious concerns with the FAA’s proposal to fix the pilot fatigue problem. [more]

USAPA: “The proposed new rule allows airline managements to schedule crews for 25% more flight time in a day, and for 60% more flight time in a week. It simply defies common sense that in the wake of a multitude of accidents where fatigue was a contributing factor, the FAA’s solution to reducing fatigue is to have pilots fly more hours in a given period of time ... Safety concerns should never be negotiated, and given the magnitude of the problem, we are shocked at some of the provisions in the proposed new rules,” Mike Cleary, President. Source: Company Statement, 30-Sep-2010.