Pilot fatigue is one of the most pressing issues in aviation safety today. Show Ottawa that you support Safer Skies by sending a letter of support using the form below.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P., C.C., C.D.
Minister of Transport
House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister,

I am writing today to add my name in support of the more than 8,000 pilots who make up Canada’s Safer Skies Coalition.

I was exceptionally disappointed to learn that the government’s draft regulations – Flight Crew Member Hours of Work and Rest Periods – has not taken the opportunity to base proposed rules on science and international best practices.

In particular, the proposed regulations have several critical failings:

  1. The regulations do not adhere to science or international best practices in preventing fatigue on long-haul flights at night. I support NASA’s recommendation for a maximum flight duty time of no more than 10 hours (8.5 hours of flight time) on long-haul flights at night and when sleep is compromised.
  2. The draft regulations propose a Fatigue Risk Management System that will allow operators to bypass the rules set out by the regulations without oversight from the government. This represents a complete abandonment of the government’s responsibility as a regulator, and does not align with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standard. I do not support a system that is all risk and no management.
  3. The proposed regulations do not treat pilots equally. Pilots flying rural and remote routes need increased protection from fatigue most of all, but the proposed regulations will take four years from date of publishing to come into force for these most vulnerable pilots. I support a single implementation period for all Canadian pilots, regardless of number of passengers or amount of cargo they carry.

I strenuously urge the government to implement the Safer Skies coalition’s recommendations to the proposed regulations it has published. The proposed regulations disregard established science, allow operators to put profits ahead of safety by bypassing prescriptive rules without any oversight, and most importantly do not apply to all pilots equally.

Yours sincerely,