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FAA should take “immediate action” to combat pilot fatigue says U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar calls upon FAA to issue much-needed updates to airline safety standards combating pilot fatigue.

Pilot fatigue has been on the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Most Wanted List, a list of recommendations and reforms to help improve passenger and airline safety, since 1990. It was a chief concern following the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 that went down outside Buffalo, New York killing 50 people. According to the NTSB, in the past 20 years, more than two dozen accidents and more than 250 fatalities have been linked to pilot fatigue.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has failed to meet its deadline to update flight and duty time regulations, which are essential to preventing pilot fatigue. In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Klobuchar pressed the department to update the rules immediately.

“We can never be complacent about air safety,” said Klobuchar. “Pilot fatigue can have tragic consequences, and we must ensure that the rules put in place to prevent this danger are up-to-date and consistent throughout our aviation system. I urge the Federal Aviation Administration to take immediate action to keep passengers safe during the holiday travel season.”

Klobuchar was a strong supporter of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2010, which passed Congress unanimously and required a consistent, national safety standard for the nation’s aviation system. The law specifically required the FAA to update the flight and duty time regulations – rules which have not been revised in decades – by August, 2011, but the FAA has yet to issue a final rule.

Source:  Senator Amy Klobuchar – New releases

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