LaHood Encourages Cargo Airlines to Opt-in to New Flight & Duty Time Rules

LaHood Encourages Cargo Airlines to
Opt-in to New Flight & Duty Time Rules

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2012 – This week while speaking at the Aero
Club of Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked by the CAPA ( the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations) Executive Vice President Lee Collins, about a statement he made in December when issuing the FAA's new rule on pilot flight and duty time. This new rule carved-out cargo carriers from mandatory implementation, but allows them to opt-in to the rule
voluntarily.

Question asked by the CAPA’s Captain Lee Collins ;

"On December 20th, you announced the new flight time duty
Time rule and at that time you committed to a process of meeting with
Management of the all-cargo airlines and asking for voluntary compliance with the new rules. We just wanted to know some more thoughts on that and possibly a way forward should there not be voluntary effort on their part."


Secretary LaHood answered the question by saying:

"I have invited our friends from the Cargo Airlines to come to my office and talk about really looking at the rule that we have adopted and implementing it.
We think it's important that they know what's in the rule and why it's
important and hear it from us and not read about it in the paper. And
I'm going to just ask them directly to be a part of it. I think they should
be. It's safe. Look, if everybody in this room believes in safety,
which we do and I know all of you do, I can't think of a reason why they
wouldn't want to do it. But we'll find out."

Interesting to note that of the 1500 or so major airline industry attendees, the legislative affairs group for UPS (United Parcel Service) and the Cargo Carriers Association were also in attendance, who may have not been pleased with Secretary LaHood’s response.