The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) recognizes today the hard work done by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. However, as professional aviators we are accustomed to using safety checklists every day to make sure each flight is successful and safe. We see this legislation as another important checklist in aviation safety, one that is only effective when each step is completed fully and in order.
Unfortunately, this bill has left out two important steps to ensure system safety by not rectifying the inconsistent safety rules on pilot fatigue and rest known as the ‘Cargo Carve-out’ and by ignoring language that would prohibit attempts by foreign carriers to obtain ‘Flags of Convenience’ certificates to operate in the US. We are concerned that both of these undermine U.S. airline safety standards.
Today, we at CAPA rejoin the struggle and bolster our efforts to win these necessary safety enhancements. We call on both houses of Congress to join with us in the months ahead to address both issues. Only when all steps of the ‘Safety Checklist’ are complete can we be assured of operating in safe skies.