Tue, Jun 08, 2004
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"The proposals originated in the
European Parliament where we had the sorry spectacle of politicians
trying to decide what hours should be flown and when. They came to
a shoddy compromise which is unsafe, unsound, and impractical. The
fact is that science has been shut out. The views of experts in the
field were neither sought nor accepted when offered. There is a
desire to have one European standard, and that is something that
BALPA has been demanding for years, but what we are offered is a
half baked set of proposals that will put passenger lives at risk.
The public needs to be told."
Source: British Airline Pilots Association
(BALPA) General Secretary Jim McAuslin, talking about a proposal
before the EU Council of Transport Ministers at their meeting in
Luxembourg later this week. At that meeting, ministers could decide
to standardize the amount of hours a flight crew can work each day.
The number is 14. The BALPA quotes an FAA study that says pilots
flying those kinds of hours are six times more accident-prone than
pilots who work less than ten hours a day. If the EU ministers go
with the 14-hour day, BALPA warns strikes and other work stoppages
could soon be on the horizon.
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