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Nobody’s happy: government releases new flight crew fatigue rules amid stakeholder opposition

By Emily Haws      

Airline industry group calls the new regulations cherry-picked science, pilots unions say it they don't go far enough, and aviation policy academic questions the science used to justify the government's proposed flight crew fatigue regulations.

The government's new flight crew fatigue regulations were released at the end of June, giving stakeholders until Oct. 13 to provide feedback. The proposed rules suggest a number of changes, including cutting pilots' flying hours from 1,200 to 1,000 in a calendar year.
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Proposed federal flight crew fatigue regulations are being called the most significant change in the aviation industry in a half a decade, yet no one with the industry appears particularly happy with them—not the pilots’ unions, the airline associations, or the aviation policy experts. Pilot unions say they do not think the proposed regulations go far enough, and have created a social media campaign called Safer Skies to gain public support. Small and medium-sized airlines are concerned the

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