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In June 2009, the FAA created the Flight and Duty Time Limitations and Rest Requirements Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FDR ARC)
"Fatigue—The FAA has made substantial progress toward developing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) based on the Flight and Duty Time Limitations and Rest Requirements (FDR) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations. We anticipate NPRM publication in the spring of 2010.", New node
Pilot Fatigue must be looked at closely for the safety of the passengers. "In June 2009, the FAA chartered the Flight and Duty Time Limitations and Rest Requirements Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FDR ARC)"
Pensions terminated and cut
Many pilots have to work two jobs to keep up with student loans, grocery, and medical cost.
Focused Inspection Initiative
Training Program Review Guidance
Air Carriers’ Commitment to Most Effective Practices, New node
Labor Organizations’ Commitment, New node
Regional Safety Forums
To become drafted into the "major leagues" could cost a pilot
Restricting the use of 100ll fuel
Sept. 11, 2001, 33 airlines have declared bankruptcy
"These financially-strapped carriers are slow to replace an aging fleet -- some are flying planes more than 15 years old.", New node
Many major carriers now charge fees for carry on, blankets, etc
Low pilot wages
Continental subcontracts very small obscure airliners, however the bigger airliners do not have the same saftey standards as the smaller, A good example of this is flight 3407, who was subcontracted by continental, even painted their logo on the plans but was a totally different company all together, Everything from safety issues to the hours their pilots work all have to do with the smaller airline company, the larger "major league" companies pay no attention to this.
Some pilots become captains with less than a year of expereince
"(1) the flight crew’s failure to monitor airspeed in relation to the rising position of the lowspeed cue, (2) the flight crew’s failure to adhere to sterile cockpit procedures, (3) the captain’s failure to effectively manage the flight, and (4) Colgan Air’s inadequate procedures for airspeed selection and management during approaches in icing conditions." Quoted from NTSB accident analysis
"real" problem was Colgan Air's hours which created fatigue
Flight 3407, operating as a connection flight for Continental crashed five miles from landing at Buffalo. This crash alerted FAA and NTSB and raised many questions about pilot fatigue, lack of training, and work conditions.
Fifty deaths over all
Pilot Fatigue caused an estimated 300 deaths through various accidents