Pilot unions have condemned as unsafe new flight and duty time rules approved by the European Parliament on October 9. The decision overturned an earlier 21 to 13 vote against the new rules by the Parliament’s own transport committee on September 30.
European Cockpit Association
The European Parliament’s approval of controversial new harmonized flight and duty time limitation (FTL) for pilots last Wednesday came only a week after its own Transport and Tourism (Tran) committee voted against its adoption. The development concludes more than five years of work led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Pilots and air traffic controllers within the European Union (EU) are applauding the European Parliament transport committee’s September 17 agreement to refine procedures necessary to establish a practical framework to collect and analyze aviation incident data and guarantee private information is not misused.
Nearly 90 percent of the UK public would be concerned about flying with a pilot who had been awake for an extended period of time, according to a survey conducted for the British Air Line Pilots Association (Balpa). The survey asked 2,052 people in the country over the age of 18 one important question related to pilot fatigue: “How concerned…would you be for your safety if you were on board an aircraft being flown by a pilot who had been awake for…[22 hours]?”
So-called harmonized flight- and duty-time rules for pilots and cabin crew approved by a European Aviation Safety Agency committee on July 11 drew sharply different reactions from Europe’s pilot union coalition and airline associations on Monday. Speaking with AIN last Tuesday, European Cockpit Association president Nico Voorbach characterized the basis for the new rules as unscientific and driven wholly by the interests of the airline lobby in Europe.
The European Cockpit Association (ECA) is disappointed by the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) July 11 decision not to implement ECA-suggested improvements to new European flight-time limitations, said association president Nico Voorbach.
“A new informal agreement” by European transport ministers has “watered down” a proposal by the European Commission for better prevention of aviation incidents and accidents, according to a June 10 statement issued by the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The pilot professional association said key issues altered include provisions for non-punitive mandatory and voluntary reporting, as well as the obligations of EU member states to ensure adequate safety oversight.
The Walk Out for Safety protest organized by the European Cockpit Association (ECA) was supported by 2,500 to 3,000 pilots and cabin crew across 26 different countries on January 22. The event was intended to express opposition to changes to commercial flight- and duty-time rules proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
According to the European Cockpit Association (ECA), pilots in the region are pleased about the European Commission’s December 19 announcement of a new accident/incident occurrence reporting system.
The European Cockpit Association (ECA), the representative body of 37 European state pilot associations, plans a Jan. 22, 2013, Walkout for Safety day to “send a signal to [European Union] politicians, passengers and airline operators that the proposed new EU rules on Flight Time Limitations (FTL) will adversely affect flight and passenger safety.” The walkout is expected to affect airline flights all over Europe.
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