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US FAA.(NORTH AMERICA Report)(Federal Aviation Administration )(Brief article)

US FAA on Sept. 10 issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on pilot flight time, duty and rest requirements that calls for cockpit crew at US airlines to get more rest time and spend fewer hours on duty. The NPRM explicitly states that Part 121 carriers and pilots will have "joint responsibility ... for making sure flight crew members are working a reasonable number of hours, getting sufficient sleep and not reporting for flight duty in an unsafe condition." FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the rule "puts that responsibility with equal weight on the carrier."

Under the proposed rule, a pilot would be required to have "9 hours for the opportunity to rest" before reporting for flight duty and the clock would not start ticking until he or she is "behind closed doors" in a hotel or other designated rest place, Babbitt said. …

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