UPS Pilots React to FAA Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue

Dec 21, 2011, 11:08 ET from Independent Pilots Association

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is from Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association
(UPS pilots):

"Giving air cargo carriers the choice to opt-in to new pilot rest rules makes as much sense as allowing truckers to 'opt-out' of drunk
driving laws.

To potentially allow fatigued cargo pilots to share the same skies with properly rested passenger pilots creates an unnecessary threat to
public safety. We can do better.

Congress directed the FAA to create new science-based flight and duty rules to establish one level of aviation safety to protect the public.
Today, under intense pressure from the cargo industry lobby, the FAA has failed to carry out this basic congressional mandate.

At the same time we work to reverse the 'opt-in' provision we will ask UPS to voluntarily operate under these new science-based safety rules. UPS is a premier company and our expectation is that UPS will honor their longstanding pledge to operate the world's safest airline."

SOURCE Independent Pilots Association