Airlines say new pilot rest rules will create additional hardship for the industry

February 22, 2011 at 9:31 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AVweb

American Airlines says proposed rules intended to reduce pilot fatigue would require it to hire an additional 2,325 pilots at a cost of $514 million annually, and seemed to suggest the industry-wide effect could be crippling. The rules would effectively decrease maximum time on duty for pilots. In November, American offered public comments on the rules, saying “if AA needs 2,300 more pilots to meet the proposed rules, other certificate holders will need many additional pilots, too.” Stakeholders also claim that the regulation’s cost will be substantially higher than the FAA’s estimate of $1.25 billion over 10 years. The Air Transport Association says the rule would cost more than 15 times that figure. As for the total number of pilots needed to meet the requirements of the bill, American said, “The industry figure will be so large as to raise the question of from where they all will come.” American wasn’t the only carrier to express concern.

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