Canada to Limit Pilot Flight Hours to Address Fatigue Concerns

By Anna Breuer on 12 December 2018
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DSC_0915 (1)Canada announced plans to limit the maximum of hours commercial pilots can fly and also cap the time they remain on duty.

The updated Canadian Aviation Regulations were announced Wednesday by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who said that the move comes after years of study on fatigue in the cockpit.

The number of flight hours for a pilot is being lowered from 1,200 to 1,000 in a 365-day period. Pilots will be limited to a maximum workday of nine to 13 hours, depending on the start time.

The change aligns Canada’s regulations in this area with those of the European Union and the United States.

Canadian carriers, who will have two years to implement the new regulations (smaller and regional airlines will have four years), welcomed the move.

“The safety of our guests and our crew is of utmost importance,” said WestJet vice president of operations Scott Wilson, who added that the new rules “will provide prevention and mitigation while aligning with international standards and best practices.”

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