CAPA Opposes Rep. Shuster's Amendment on Pilot Fatigue to the FAA Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2011)—The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 28,000 commercial passenger and all-cargo cargo pilots opposes Congressman Bill Shuster’s (R-PA) amendment (#6) on Pilot Fatigue to the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

The proposed amendment by Congressman Bill Shuster would undermine the hard work of the 111th Congress with regard to HR 5900 and Airline Safety. In effect, this amendment would “undo” the FAA’s long fought battle for “One Level of Safety.”

Rep. Schuster’s amendment seeks to require the FAA to recognize that the United States’ aviation industry is composed of a variety of different segments with different operating characteristics and require the FAA to tailor regulations to address the unique characteristics of each industry segment.

Science has proven that effects of fatigue on the human body are the same regardless of the type of operation. The crews hauling our troops and the cargo that keep this country running should be covered by the same rest rules as the crews that carry passengers on an everyday basis.

CAPA has long advocated “One Level of Safety” for all commercial flight operations and does not support any form of “carve out” or “waiver” of fatigue regulations for certain types of operations. Logical regulatory reforms must take precedence with government regulators over the economic interests of the airline industry.

“There must be industry standard rules for providing safe transportation services to the flying public and critical air transport of military personnel,” Captain Kuwitzky said. He further added, “It is imperative to flight safety that Congressman Shuster’s amendment not be adopted.”

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Contact: Captain Dave Ross (719) 238-8133
Captain Carl Kuwitzky (202) 624-3540