Air Transport World

To resolve the duty-time enigma. (regulations governing working time of pilots) (Lou's Corner) (Column)

Commuter-airline managements agree, the time has come for FAA to improve its inspection of flight time/duty time rules and to check operator compliance--to achieve a more uniform interpretation of the rules.

The NTSB supports commuters, charter and air-taxi operators who are seeking relief from costly air-crew scheduling practices.

At the same time, unions--ALPA and the recently organized Regional Airline Pilots Association--charge the agency with mismanagement in enforcement of the rules.

Congress, too, is pressing for changes designed to hold operating costs in line.

At a recent hearing, the chairman of the House Aviation subcommittee, Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn. …

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