UPS pilots push for pax rest rules

As US federal officials continue investigating last year’s fatal UPS crash in Alabama, the freight carrier’s pilots are pressing to be covered by the same rules that require passenger airline crews to get more rest.


UPS pilots push for pax rest rules


As US federal officials continue investigating last year’s fatal UPS crash in Alabama, the freight carrier’s pilots are pressing to be covered by the same rules that require passenger airline crews to get more rest. The cargo pilots have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to bring them under the regulations and are backing legislation in Congress to do the same thing. The rules for commercial passenger airline pilots — enacted in January — essentially limit their flying time to eight or nine hours, depending on when their shifts start. Carriers also are required to give their cockpit crews a minimum of 10 hours off in a way that the pilots can obtain at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Passenger airline pilots also must work shorter hours if they are flying overnight. In contrast, cargo pilots fly under older rules that do not require as much rest, permit longer times on duty and allow them to fly beyond eight hours in certain conditions. And those rules do not impose any special limits on flight time at night, a time when cargo carriers do much of their flying..