CAPA Applauds "Safe Skies Act of 2015"

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2015) — The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), representing more than 28,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots, is pleased to announce that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has re-introduced the "Safe Skies Act of 2015" (S.1612) in the 114th Congress, along with co-sponsors Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Al Franken (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 flight-time/duty-time (FT/DT) rules create a second tier of safety that is wholly unacceptable and runs counter to what these rules were intended to address. Fatigue does not discriminate between types of operations, aircraft 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.

"The idea that an exemption that allows all-cargo and supplement carriers to opt in-or-out of this rule fails to meet the mandate of “One Level of Safety”," said CAPA President Mike Karn. “There must be industry-standard rules that provide safe transportation regardless of the cargo or passengers in the rear of the aircraft."

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 conducted.

CAPA fully supports the adoption of industry fatigue rules that place the safe transportation of the flying public at the highest level of safety standards. "It is vitally important to the safety of our nation's transportation system," Mr. Karn said. "Until flight duty and rest regulations are applied to all-cargo carriers and supplemental carriers, we will never truly have "One-Level-of-Safety".

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