Captain 'Sully' to press for cargo pilot fatigue rules

Captain 'Sully' to press for cargo pilot fatigue rules

The pilot who landed a disabled jetliner safely on the Hudson River in New York City will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday to press for change in work scheduling rules for cargo airplane pilots.

After the crash of a commercial airliner in 2009 that was attributed partly to pilot fatigue, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented new limits requiring that pilots get at least 10 hours of off-duty time between flight schedules.

Former US Airways pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" flight, will appear at a press conference with the sponsors of a bill to apply the rules to cargo pilots on Wednesday.

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The legislation, known as the "Safe Skies Act," is being sponsored by Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTime is now to address infrastructure needs Tom Steyer testing waters for Calif. gubernatorial bid Another day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday Dem senator: Trump acting like he's still on ‘The Apprentice’ The next battle in the fight against human trafficking MORE (D-Minn.) in the Senate and Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Tim BishopTim BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (D-N.Y.) in the House.

The backers of the measure say the legislation would create one level of safety for the U.S. aviation system.

Sullenberger has come out in favor of applying the fatigue rules to cargo pilots before.

"You know, fatigue is fatigue whether you’re carrying packages or people," he said last month during an interview on “CBS This Morning.” 

"And while the [current] rule improves safety for passenger flights, it does nothing for cargo flights," Sullenberger continued. "And that’s really ironic because cargo pilots, as you can imagine flying overnight, are the most vulnerable to fatigue."