PLANE TALK: GOT A QUESTION? ASK THE CAPTAIN!
Do you have a question about airline safety, flight etiquette, jet lag, or air travel in general? Submit your question and look for answers in a future column.
" I am curious about those DOT/FAA Improved Pilot Crew Rest Rules. Can you tell me what they are?"
I see you are wondering what’s different, so here are the main Federal Aviation Administration changes:
- ON DUTY HOURS: 9 to 14 per day
- INCREASE REST PERIOD BY 2 HOURS
- PILOTS CAN SAY THEY ARE FATIGUED
Will these rules help?
And, if they do, will the flying public be willing to pay for the extra costs that will be added to their airline tickets?
Before answering you, here is a little background on just some problems associated with pilots flying in a diminished capacity….like ah….”sleep flying”.
If only it were funny.