H. R. 5170, Safe Skies Act of 2019.

Summary: To require the Secretary of Transportation to modify the final rule relating to fligh-tcrew member duty and rest requirements for passenger operations of air carriers to apply to all-cargo operations of air carriers, and for other purposes. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 12/19/19.

STATUS: Introduced 11/19/19 by Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • As aviation safety continues to make headlines, it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure pilots, crews, passengers and all who share our skies are protected. The bipartisan Safe Skies Act is a commonsense bill that puts safety first,” said Rep. Carbajal. “By enhancing the safety rules of cargo pilots to the same standards as their commercial counterparts, we are closing a safety loophole that puts undue stress and fatigue on our cargo pilots. We need one strong standard of safety, and this bill would make that standard a reality.” (Source: Rep. Carbajal, Press release, 11/19/19)
  • The pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA); the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), including the Independent Pilots Association (IPA); the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224 and Teamsters Atlas Local 2750 joined U.S. House of Representatives leaders today to introduce legislation that would apply one level of safety for all-cargo operations in the same manner as passenger operations. The Safe Skies Act, introduced by Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), John Katko (R-NY), Matt Cartright (D-PA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), would ensure that cargo pilots have the same flight, duty, and rest requirements as their passenger-carrying counterparts in order to prevent dangers posed by fatigued pilots. (Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: 

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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