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British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) - Articles and news items

CAA welcomes new powers to tackle pilot fatigue

Airport news  •  9 October 2013  •  Civil Aviation Authority

It is vital that the aviation industry finds common purpose on tackling fatigue to ensure the highest possible levels of safety...

UK pilots win landmark holiday pay case after six year legal battle

Airport news  •  17 October 2012  •  British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA)

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that holiday pay must include all elements of a pilot’s remuneration, and not just basic pay...

The pilots’ role in the safety chain

Issue 2 2012  •  29 March 2012  •  Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA)

The safe operation of airports, of aviation generally, relies on many factors. As has been said before, you only need one link in the safety chain to fail to bring about potential disaster in this potentially dangerous business.Pilots play one of the most vital parts in that safety chain, not least because they are the ultimate arbiters of safety and are entrusted to take the crucial decisions to ensure that passengers get to their destinations safely. But pilots’ ability to fly safely is currently under threat by way of new pilot fatigue proposals which will undoubtedly reduce safety standards here in the UK.The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was tasked with constructing new pan-European flight time limitations (FTLs) which will replace weak regulations in some EU countries, but which will also replace the high standards we enjoy in Britain. Our UK rules, while far from perfect, are seen by many as the gold standard in Europe, and have resulted in our having one of the best air safety records in the world.

 

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