Cargo carriers escape new US pilot rules

Discussion in 'The Latest UPS Headlines' started by cheryl, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Cargo carriers escape new US pilot rules - Financial Times

    Cargo airlines run by companies such as United Parcel Service and FedEx will be exempt from new Federal Aviation Administration rules designed to reduce accidents due to pilot fatigue.

    Some unions reacted strongly to the cargo airline exemption. Captain Robert Travis, president of the Independent Pilots Association, which represents UPS pilots, criticised the FAA for succumbing to “intense industry lobbying”.

    “Giving air cargo carriers the choice to opt-in to new pilot rest rules makes as much sense as allowing truckers to ‘opt-out’ of drunk driving laws,” Mr Travis said.
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I fail to see the difference in the need for this based on whether the planes are carrying people or not.
     
  3. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Exactly. For once, we agree.
     
  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I am rethinking my post. :happy2:
     
  5. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    LOL. It had to happen someday.