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Safe Skies For All – But Not Yet

One concern about pilot safety is the long hours many work. Just the same as truck drivers, who work long hours and have recently been the focus of work/sleep hour requirements, pilots need to be afforded enough time to sleep between shifts so as to not compromise safety. A change in the late 2000s mandated pilot rest, but only applied to pilots flying passenger planes – not cargo planes. However, as these same pilots are in the same airspace, flying the same aircraft, it did not seem to make sense that one group of pilots needed rest while another did not. The argument that there should be ‘one level’ of safety was made by advocates concerned about rest requirements for pilots working for cargo carriers such as UPS and FedEx.

Safe Skies For All – A Renewed Attempt

Last year, in 2015, the Safe Skies Act was reintroduced, and its progress was applauded by The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) – a group that certainly has a clear interest in the safety of all airline pilots. They accurately note that fatigue does not discriminate between what types of airplanes are being flown or what is in them, and so safety regulations should not discriminate either.  Exemptions in the law that allow cargo carriers to opt out of the rule seems to defeat the purpose of the rule from the start. Cargo carriers, just like any other employer, have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment, and by not affording their pilots the opportunity to have the same ratio of work/sleep hours as commercial/passenger airlines, it seems as though they would be contributing to a more unsafe working environment – not just for their own employees, but for everyone else involved in the aviation industry.

Safe Skies For All – A Vision for the Future

CAPA’s continued efforts to stop the ‘cargo carve-out’ make a lot of sense. According to their website, allowing the carve-out to remain creates dual standards for commercial aviation. They say that in doing so, overall safety is decreased and risk is increased – an observation that holds true for the public as well as the cargo carrier pilots. It remains to be seen whether the Safe Skies Act will in the future apply equally to all carriers regardless of what they transport, but in the meantime, hopefully employers in the aviation industry will continue to strive for the safest possible work environment for those in their employ.

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