New rules take effect Saturday to limit pilot hours in the cockpit, and to make sure they’re getting enough rest between flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires that all commercial pilots receive 30 uninterrupted, off-duty hours per week – a 25-percent increase from previous regulations. Before they go on duty, pilots must now get 10-hour rest periods, including eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. And depending on when their flight begins, the rules limit a pilot’s time in the cockpit to eight or nine hours.
Olin Browne is looking forward to a home-cooked meal next week.