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Old 4th Sep 2001, 02:11
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Hi Guys, One on flight hour limitations! Now I know why I canít remember anything!!!

Pilots Welcome FAA Enforcement Of Pilot Fatigue Rules
May 20, 2001: The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations described the Federal
Aviation
Administration (FAA) decision to enforce existing rules designed to avoid
pilot fatigue as a "small step in the right direction."
The rule specifically requires that a pilot must have at least eight hours of rest within any 24-hour period and, therefore, cannot be forced to be on duty for more than 16 hours each day.
Captain Bob Miller, President of the Coalition of Airline Pilots
Associations, said about enforcement of the 16-hour rule: "While we are
pleased to see that the FAA at long last is heeding the calls of pilots to
enforce a rule that has been on the books since 1985, their decision is only the first of many steps required addressing the growing concerns of pilot fatigue. "Furthermore, the fact that the industry is being given an additional six months to comply with a law that has been in existence for over 15 years is troubling.
"The FAA's treatment of this issue only underscores the imperative of the agency to deliver on its commitment of a broader, more comprehensive review of outdated flight and duty time standards. Aviation experts have
continuously pointed to the growing problem of pilot fatigue, and there
has been much discussion about the need to adopt more modern standards that
fit the circumstances of air travel in the 21st century.
"Numerous scientific studies have quantified more precisely the effects of fatigue on performance, and identified particular dangers associated with night or "back side of the clock" flying. Furthermore, pilot fatigue has been a contributing cause to countless aircraft mishaps since the ruling.
"Clearly, deciding to enforce rules already in existence is a positive step, but falls considerably short of fully addressing the underlying concern voiced by thousands of pilots, as well as scientists, aviation experts,
Members of Congress and others.
"It is critical to the safety of millions of passengers that the FAA's efforts to prevent pilot fatigue not stop with this statement. Otherwise, today's announcement will only have a small impact on the greater problem
ofpilot fatigue."
Enforcement of this rule has been part of a long-standing debate about the
need to update rules and regulations that protect against pilot fatigue
and better reflect the circumstances associated with modern air travel. It is
also the source of a petition filed in federal court earlier this year by
CAPA seeking to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia intervene in this matter on behalf of pilots.
CAPA is a trade association that operates on a consensus basis to address issues of concern to professional airline pilots. Its members include the Allied Pilots Association (American Airlines), FedEx Pilots Association,
Independent Pilots Association (UPS), Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224, which represents Airborne Express pilots. CAPA member groups represent a total of 26,500 pilots.

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