NTSB Faults FAA's Inaction on Pilot Fatigue

Business Jet Traveler » April 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 5:00am

The National Transportation Safety Board has called the FAA's response "unacceptable" to four out of six NTSB safety recommendations addressing fatigue and duty-time limitations. "The Safety Board is very concerned about reducing accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue," NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker said, adding that fatigue was a probable cause or contributing factor in numerous accidents. Among the recommendations: requiring that training, check flights, ferry and repositioning flights be included in a pilot's total revenue time; and ensuring that flight and duty-time limitations take into consideration research findings about fatigue and sleep. Current policy is based on a 2001 FAA notice that calls for pilots to have eight hours of rest in any 24-hour period that includes flight time.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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