Flight Time Limitations
HC 164, First Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Flight Time Limitations (HC 164)' looks at the draft proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to change the rules that govern how many hours a pilot can fly. The Transport Committee warns that working hours and conditions for pilots and cabin crew must be improved or safety could be at risk.
Currently, the UK implements stricter flight time regulations than some other European countries, but under the new rules proposed by EASA, the UK would not be able to have its own regime and the UK's current standards would be lowered.
Fatigue is already an issue in aviation with 43% of pilots having reported falling asleep involuntarily whilst on duty under the UK's current regulatory framework. The Committee recognises that flight time limitations are complex regulations, but the report highlights several issues where there is clear scope for improvement.
The proposed 11 hour duty period at night for pilots flies in the face of scientific evidence and should be reduced to a ten hour maximum. There is added concern that a pilot could land a plane after 22 hours awake. The Civil Aviation Authority must do more to monitor pilot hours so that long duty periods are the exception not the rule.
MPs accept that common European flight time limitations could improve aviation safety for UK passengers travelling on non-UK airlines. However, for these benefits to be realised the European standards must be uniformly high.
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