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  • Fflight and cabin crew unions are organising an EU-wide “Walkout for safety”

    Aviation safety is not at risk: European airlines

    On the eve of a planned pilot walkout over new European duty time rules, airline associations have joined forces to insist that harmonised Flight Time
    Limitation (FTL) rules ensure utmost safety in the air.
    Tomorrow, flight and cabin crew unions are organising an EU-wide “Walkout for safety” to demonstrate
    against the proposed European rules for FTL and rest requirements. Pilot unions are claiming that
    European policy-makers will risk passengers’ safety by adopting the new regulation submitted by the
    European Aviation and Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this year.
    However, airlines will never compromise on safety. The final proposed FTL rules are not a relaxation of
    today’s rules as the unions suggest. On the contrary, they harmonise the different FTL requirements
    that exist across Europe and even include some new and more restrictive requirements and limitations.
    EASA’s final proposals are the result of an extensive review involving all stakeholders including national
    safety regulators, airlines and trade unions, and are based on robust safety data including the review of
    almost 50 different scientific studies.
    The Heads of the three airline associations, AEA, ERA and IACA highlight:
    “Based on the EASA proposal, Europe will continue to have one of the strictest FTL rules in the world.
    National Safety Regulators, for example, the UK Civil Aviation Authority, have welcomed the EASA
    proposal which, to a large extent, is equivalent to the current well proven UK CAP 371 rules. The
    adoption process of the final rules should therefore not be derailed as a result of misleading
    information.” ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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    Europe-wide pilot strike threat averted

    Fears that airline flight crew would stage a mass walk-out across Europe today in protest over plans to change their flying time and rest periods appear unfounded as pilots and cabin crew decided against industrial action.
    Instead, British pilots will present a dossier of evidence about pilot fatigue to 10 Downing Street, the CAA and the Department for Trade as part of the Europe-wide "walkout for safety" day. No strike action is planned.
    The British Airline Pilots Association has already warned that as many as four out of 10 pilots has fallen asleep at the controls and it will tell the Government today that current proposals by the European Aviation Safety Agency to introduce the same working hours for pilots across the EU will make the situation even worse as they are more permissive than those already in place in the UK.
    The European Cockpit Association (ECA), which organised the protest day, said flight crew would be taking similar action across the Continent.
    Pilots are opposing the adoption of new European rules for flight limitation and rest requirements, which they say will make flying less safe by relaxing the stringent rules that already exist.
    However, the Association of European Airlines, the European Regions Airline Association and the International Air Carrier Association insist that the proposed changes do not represent a relaxation of existing rules.
    They claim the new rules bring all countries into line on flight limitation requirements and even include some new and more restrictive requirements. ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt