New rules for pilots might impact your next flight

Created: 01/09/2014 10:02 AM WHEC.com

New rules for airline flight crews may have an effect on your next trip out of town. Federal guidelines for how long a flight crew can work went into effect this weekend.

The rules say that flight crews can only work a nine to 14-hour day instead of the usual 16-hour day.

They say pilots have to get a minimum of 10 hours off between flights and eight of those hours are for uninterrupted sleep.

Even if the plane is full and ready to go, delays at the airport could mean the pilot and the crew have gone over their allotted times and the flight could potentially be cancelled.

Officials say new attention to pilot and crew fatigue began after the 2009 Colgan flight that crashed outside buffalo, killing 50 people.


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