Thursday, December 22, 2011
PBS documentary forces FAA's hands in tightening rules for commuter pilots
Yesterday, the major media reported on tougher FAA rules on commuter airlines to deal with pilot fatigue. The rules may not be tough enough, and pilots may still feel intimidated from reporting fatigue and not working.
But the FAA may have felt pressured because PBS recently re-aired its late 2010 Frontline show “Flying Cheap” (motivated by a tragic commuter air crash near Buffalo) and bloggers wrote about it again (about the pilot’s “barracks”). This is a case of popular media forcing a change on public policy, however meager.