IPA sues FAA over pilot fatigue ruling

Victoria
By Victoria December 23, 2011 13:18

IPA sues FAA over pilot fatigue ruling

The Independent Pilots Association, which represents United Parcel Service (UPS) pilots, filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to exempt the crew of cargo planes from rules aimed at combating fatigue.

The FAA yielded to “unprecedented industry pressure” when it exempted cargo airlines in the new rules, Robert Travis, president of the pilots group, said yesterday.

The IPA say that the FAA allowed cargo operators submit information about costs of complying with the rule after the comment period ended, and that the data hadn’t been made available to public scrutiny.

“The rule is wholly and utterly opaque when it comes to providing any factual support for the cost benefit conclusions,” Trent said in the statement.

Victoria
By Victoria December 23, 2011 13:18
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