Flight safety is a top priority for airlines, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The agency issued new rules Wednesday, outlining new rules for airlines that require them to maintain a record of pilots’ medical histories and to update that information to make sure they are up to date with latest advances in flight safety technology.
“This will provide pilots with greater transparency into the care they receive at their jobs and the safety of the aviation community,” FAA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement.
“By ensuring that pilots are treated fairly and with respect, this new rule will help improve the safety and quality of their flights.”
The new rules require airlines to report the medical history of pilots to the FAA in two ways: by conducting medical examinations for pilots and pilots and by reporting the medical records to the National Aviation Safety Board.
In addition, the FAA has also expanded the definition of an air carrier to include non-airline businesses.
“These new rules will also help to protect aviation travelers and improve our nation’s aviation security,” Rosekind added.
Last year, the Federal Aviation Authority announced a new standard for air traffic controllers and flight crews, requiring them to report their medical histories to the agency.
This year, airlines have to report to the new agency on the medical histories of every pilot, pilot-in-command, flight crew member and pilot.
The new rule, issued by Rosekind, comes after the Federal Highway Administration announced earlier this year that it would require pilots and flight crew to be examined by an independent doctor, as long as it is for a medical condition that requires a physician.
This year’s rules are the latest to come into effect in recent years.
Earlier this month, the U .
Coast Guard announced it was requiring pilots to undergo annual exams by a doctor and to be monitored by an airline doctor for at least a year.
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