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Pilot-Fatigue Rules to Be Announced Tomorrow, U.S. Agency Says

December 22, 2011

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Regulations designed to reduce fatigue among airline pilots will be announced tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Washington, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The agency last year proposed to give pilots more rest between shifts and reduce the maximum hours they could work each day. The proposed rule would have given airlines more latitude to assign pilots additional flight time, as many as 10 hours instead of the current eight-hour limit.

The proposal has been under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. Cargo airlines have argued their pilots should be exempt and pilot unions have supported the rule, according to filings in the government docket.

The rule will be the first change in the 1940s-era regulations since they were amended in 1985.

--Editors: Bernard Kohn, Andrea Snyder

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