Based on its primary objective of improving aviation safety, the Regional Airline Association today filed comments supporting FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s aim to combat crew fatigue, while recommending science-based revisions that will ensure airline flight crews are rested and safe.
RAA representatives and member airlines actively participated in the Flight and Duty Time Limitations and Rest Requirements Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the Administrator last summer. RAA earlier had launched its own Strategic Safety Initiative (SSI) which specifically called for a study of pilot commuting and research on identifying pilot fatigue in airline operations. Many of the elements in the SSI have been incorporated into the FAA proposed rulemaking.
“Fatigue avoidance is a joint responsibility of airline management and individual pilots, and we applaud FAA’s efforts to revise the current outdated rules and push the development of new rules based on new research into fatigue and today’s real-world airline environment,” underlined RAA President Roger Cohen. “The RAA sponsored, independent Fatigue Study, currently underway by Washington State University’s world-renowned Sleep and Performance Research Center, should provide ground-breaking science focused on multi-segment airline operations.”
Cohen continued: “The regional airline industry is dedicated in its commitment to ensure safe operations recognizing that half of the nation’s flights and 75 percent of US communities depend exclusively on regional airlines for their only scheduled service.”