FAA proposes rules to combat “Pilot Fatigue”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just published some proposed rules for commercial pilots of passenger aircraft which would require pilots be given more rest time between flights and reduce pilots flight duty time from 16 hours to 13.

The FAA proposes these new guidelines after a Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence City, New York in February, 2009. The First Officer of that flight was Rebecca (Morris) Shaw, a recent graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg and a resident of Maple Valley.

The inquiry into that airplane accident found that Shaw was probably fatigued and was also ill with a cold and probably should not have flown that day. However, the FAA did not say that pilot fatigue was a cause of the crash. Nevertheless, the airplane accident brought the topic of pilot fatigue into the forefront.

Read the FAA’s proposal, Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements, for more information.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused the negligence of another and we represent the families of those who have died.

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