US issues new flight time rules

The US Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) has issued new rules to prevent airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued.
The new rules would limit the number of hours a pilot can be scheduled on duty to between nine and 14, depending on the time of day.
Cargo carriers, however, which do much of their flying overnight, are exempted. The FAA said forcing cargo carriers to reduce the number of hours their pilots can fly would be too costly even when weighed against the safety benefits.
The FAA estimated the cost to industry of the new rules at $297 million over 10 years. Airlines will have two years to put the rules in place.

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