FAA readies new rules on pilot rest

09/16/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Some regional airlines may have to hire additional pilots under an FAA plan to end waivers that allow extra flying time at a handful of carriers. While most pilots are limited to 100 hours of flight time per month, the FAA has long allowed pilots at Skywest Airlines and a few others to fly as much as 120 hours a month, according to The Wall Street Journal. The paper also reports that the FAA favors requiring additional rest time for pilots on ultra long-haul flights, such as those between the U.S. and India. Such a rule could increase costs by forcing airlines to put additional pilots on those routes.

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