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For pilots, safety is the first priority.

That's true whether they operate large or small aircraft; they carry passengers or cargo; or they fly short distances or cross oceans.

But aviation can be unforgiving — so alertness, attention to detail and quick reaction time can be critical.

Fatigue affects all pilots. That's why Canada's pilots need strong rules to manage the risk of fatigue.

Fatigue is a type of impairment – it causes reduced alertness, degraded physical and mental performance – and it cannot be self-diagnosed.

Research has shown the limits of human performance, and how fatigue can be mitigated – with adequate rest, sufficient recovery time after crossing time zones, or ensuring additional pilots are on board to take over the controls after that limit has been reached.

Fatigue rules should be based on scientific evidence, and should draw on the experience and expertise of the pilots who fly these flights.

Many countries have adopted updated, science-based rest rules. Canada has fallen behind, and even new draft fatigue rules don't go far enough.

Canada's pilots are advocating for stronger fatigue rules – we believe that all Canadian passengers and pilots deserve to be protected by the same level of safety regulations.