New Regulations Proposed to Require More Rest for Commercial Pilots

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Regulations now require commercial airplane pilots to get eight hours rest out of every 24. But the eight-hour rest time starts as soon as the pilot walks off the plane. He or she may spend a few more hours at work, although not flying, and commute, even by air, to and from a duty station and end up getting only little sleep. Some spend days on that kind of a schedule. Today, the federal Department of Transportation today announced proposed rules meant to boost safety.

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