Cargo Pilots Included in Proposed Crew-rest Legislation

 - April 23, 2012, 6:52 PM

It took a pilot to make one of the first moves in Congress to create one level of safety as part of a 2011 proposal to upgrade Part 121 crew-rest requirements.

Legislation in the aftermath of the 2009 Colgan Air 3407 crash in Buffalo created new fatigue-based scheduling standards, but only for pilots of passenger aircraft under Part 121. Pilots flying with cargo companies, such as FedEx and UPS, were excluded.

Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) a former cargo pilot himself, along with Tim Bishop (D-NY), last week proposed fresh legislation–the Safe Skies Act of 2012–to compel carriers to schedule all Part 121 pilots with equal rest periods.