Wed, May 07, 2008
Wants Rules To Apply To ALL Carriers
The Allied Pilots Association, which
represents American Airlines pilots, is pointing to National
Transportation Safety Board findings in asking the FAA to
"interpret and update" its regulations on realistic scheduling.
The union tells the Dallas Morning News the pilot fatigue noted
in NTSB reports stems from inadequate time between flights to get
to hotels in time for a good night's sleep, workdays extended by
weather and mechanical delays, and inadequate reserve officers to
step in when international flights take longer than expected.
The union is asking the FAA to interpret existing regulations on
scheduling and to create, "new, realistic scheduling and crew
augmentation regulations to combat fatigue and maintain
safety-based flight operations."
APA president Lloyd Hill tells the paper that the existing
regulations have been a source of confusion for 50 years, and FAA
clarification is needed, "...to reflect our greater understanding
of the link between duty time and pilot fatigue."
The union appears to acknowledge that negotiating more pilot
rest directly in its contract with American could raise costs,
which might put the airline at a competitive disadvantage. Asking
the FAA to address the issue through regulation instead would cause
any changes to apply to all airlines.
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