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Feds update pilot laws in wake of Buffalo crash

by TSchmitt
Thu, Dec 22nd 2011 09:17 am

U.S. transportation officials have unveiled new rules aimed at making sure airline pilots aren't too tired when they get in the cockpit.  Acting FAA chief Michael Huerta said the new rules increase the minimum rest period for pilots before a flight to ten hours from the previous standard of eight hours.  

Pilots will be given at least 30 consecutive hours of off-time each week.  The rules were drafted after Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed outside of Buffalo in 2009, killing 50 people.  Investigators listed pilot fatigue as a contributing factor. 


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