ECA Cockpit News October
What are the odds?
Unlike plane crashes, Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for air crew are rarely making any headlines.
This is why the joint press conference of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission on 1 October was rather a formality to present the final EASA proposal for EU-wide FTL rules. Journalists were keen to know the “facts” regarding the new maximum flight duty time, duty hour limits, maximum early starts or standby time.
Yet, there was one big question hovering in the room:what are the odds of a tragic incident or accident happening due to pilot fatigue? Because this is what the “harmonization” of rules across Europe – in the form now proposed by EASA – would eventually entail.
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ECA condemns publication Spanair accident recordings
Last September, the Cockpit Voice Recordings (CVR) from the deadliest Spanish aviation accident in 25 years (Spanair Flight JK 5022, 20 Aug. 2008) were made public on the websites of several major Spanish media outlets. This happened despite being in violation of the European Accident Investigation Regulation – and an act of disrespect for the victims, their families and the crew.
ECA President, Nico Voorbach, immediately contacted the editor who first uploaded the recordings to inform that CVRs are an essential tool of safety investigations and serve for investigators to determine the causes of accidents and prevent future deaths of people. The use of voice recording in other circumstances is illegal and infringes the right to privacy and dignity of the persons recorded.