The FAA implemented a new series of Flight Crew Member Duty and Rest Requirements that place significant responsibility for compliance on every pilot in America.
According to the FAA, this new rule amends the FAA’s existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to certificate holders and their flight crew members operating under 14 CFR Part 121. The rule recognizes the universality of factors that lead to fatigue in most individuals and regulates these factors to ensure that flight crew members in passenger operations do not accumulate dangerous amounts of fatigue.
Fatigue threatens aviation safety because it increases the risk of pilot error that could lead to an accident. This risk is heightened in passenger operations because of the additional number of potentially impacted individuals. The new requirements eliminate the current distinctions between domestic, flag and supplemental passenger operations. The rule provides different requirements based on the time of day, whether an individual is acclimated to a new time zone, and the likelihood of being able to sleep under different circumstances.
If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this new law, please contact aviation attorneys at Barnett Law Offices.