Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Posted by: Admin
On December 21, 2011, the Regional Airline Association issued the following press release in response to the FAA Final Fatigue Rule
Washington, DC--The Regional Airline Association recognizes a science-based rule on pilot flight and duty time will advance guidelines for airlines, and RAA is reviewing the comprehensive final flight and duty time rule released today by FAA.
"The cornerstone of our efforts continues to be safety. This final rule is a culmination of considerable effort by FAA, pilots and airlines which began with the Aviation Rulemaking Committee established in July 2009 and with RAA and airline member participation," said RAA President Roger Cohen. "While we are still reviewing the rule, it does open the door for additional research, including our own efforts on a ground-breaking fatigue study of multi-segment operations by Washington State University." With its continued dedication for safe, professional and reliable operations, and the need to balance critical safety initiatives, RAA also encouraged FAA to publish the First Officers Qualifications (FOQ) new rule. "Safety experts underline the importance of structured training programs, and the best and safest path to becoming an airline pilot is through rigorous, multi-dimensional professional and academic training--one based on quality versus quantity," said Cohen. "Safety requires consistency and certainty, and therefore airlines and all stakeholders need an expedited FOQ rulemaking," he added.