However, as it currently stands, pilots of cargo planes
would be exempt from this new rule. This exemption
allows cargo pilots to be on duty for up to 16 hours in
a given day. The new Boxer-Snowe legislation would close
this loophole and ensure that all pilots are flying
under the same standards. The Airline Pilots Association
(ALPA), the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and the
Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations all support the
Boxer-Snowe bill. Similar legislation has been
introduced in the House by Representatives Chip Cravaack
(R-MN) and Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY).
“The Air Line Pilots Association applauds Senators
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) for their
commitment to aviation safety and leadership in moving
this important legislation forward,” said Capt. Lee Moak,
president of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA),
Int’l. If enacted, the bill would direct the U.S.
Department of Transportation to apply the Federal
Aviation Administration’s flight- and duty-time
regulations and minimum rest requirements to all-cargo
airline operations in the same way that the regulations
currently apply to passenger operations.
The Safe Skies Act was introduced with bipartisan
support in the U.S. House of Representatives in April,
and ALPA is working with lawmakers to urge Congress to
take up and pass the bill in both Houses of Congress as
swiftly as possible.
staunchly supports this science-based, common-sense
bill, which would afford all airline pilots—regardless
of whether they fly passengers or cargo—equal
protections from fatigue under the new federal pilot
flight- and duty-time regulations.” Moak said. ALPA has
long advocated for one level of safety for all types of
flight operations, and is fully engaged in efforts to
achieve this goal across the U.S. airline industry.