Cargo Airlines To Opt-In To New Flight & Duty Time Rules
By Daniel Baxter
February 2, 2012 - On Wednesday, while speaking at the
Aero Club of Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood was asked about a statement he made in
December when issuing the FAA's new rule on pilot flight
and duty time. This new rule carved-out cargo carriers
from mandatory implementation, but allows them to opt-in
to the rule voluntarily.
"On December 20th, you announced the new flight time
duty time rule and at that time you committed to a
process of meeting with management of the all-cargo
airlines and asking for voluntary compliance with the
We just wanted to know some more thoughts on that and
possibly a way forward should there not be voluntary
effort on their part."
Secretary LaHood answered the question by saying: "I have invited our friends from the Cargo Airlines to come to my office and talk about really looking at the rule that we have adopted and implementing it. We think it's important that they know what's in the rule and why it's important and hear it from us and not read about it in the paper.
And I'm going to just ask them directly to be a part of it. I think they should be. It's safe. Look, if everybody in this room believes in safety, which we do and I know all of you do, I can't think of a reason why they wouldn't want to do it. But we'll find out."
23, the Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) filed its
preliminary statement of issues as ordered by the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in its challenge to the FAA's
exclusion of cargo operations from its final rule on pilot
flight and duty time.
preliminary statement of issues outlines the basic arguments we
will raise to advance our case," said IPA General Counsel
William Trent; “it is the basis of our challenge to the FAA’s
exclusion of cargo airlines from the final rule.” He added that
IPA does not seek to vacate or delay the rule itself. The
Association is challenging the exclusion of cargo operators on
the following grounds:
FAA’s capricious decision to discard its August 2010 proposal
that uniformly applied science-based flight and duty time rules
to both passenger and cargo carriers is based on a cursory
assertion that compliance costs for cargo operations
significantly exceed the related societal benefits;
- The FAA’s
arbitrary assumptions and estimates in its cost-benefit analysis lack
- The FAA failed
to act in accordance with law by not providing interested parties an
opportunity to review and comment on its cost-benefit calculations, the
FAA’s sole basis for its determination to exclude cargo operations from
the final rule; and
- The FAA failed
to act in accordance with law by ignoring the fatigue facts and factors
that are more prevalent in cargo operations, specifically night-time
operations and flying across multiple time zones.
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