Washington, DC (November 13, 2013) – The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing over 25,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots is pleased to announce that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has re-introduced the “Safe Skies Act” in the 113th Congress, along with co-sponsors Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). We applaud their continued efforts with this crucial piece of safety legislation.
CAPA has long-advocated “One Level of Safety” for our nation’s passenger, all-cargo and supplemental pilots and believes that the final flight time/ duty time (FT/DT) rules create a second tier of safety that is wholly unacceptable and runs counter to what these Flight Time/Duty rules were intended to address. Fatigue does not discriminate between types of operations, aircraft type or what is being carried on the aircraft; and neither should safety regulations. This is particularly true for all-cargo operators, charter operators, and operators that transport our nation’s military personnel.
CAPA President Mike Karn stated, “The idea that an “exemption” that allows all-cargo and supplement carriers to “opt in-or-out” of this new rule fails to meet the mandate of “One Level of Safety”. “There must be industry standard rules that provide safe transportation regardless of the cargo or passengers in the rear of the aircraft”, he added.
All-cargo and supplemental operators share the same airspace, airports, runways and taxiways with passenger carriers and should be subject to the same safety regulations. There is no scientific foundation for establishing a separate set of pilot duty and rest rules based on the type of operation they conduct.
CAPA fully supports the adoption of industry fatigue rules that places the safe transportation of the flying public to the highest level of safety standards. “It is vitally important to the safety of our nation’s transportation system,” stated President Karn, “until Flight Duty and Rest regulations are applied to all-cargo carriers and supplemental carriers, we will never truly have “One-Level-of-Safety”.