FTL process must not be derailed: AEA

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today published the findings of a wide-ranging consultation on new pilot flight time limitation (FTL) rules, which will harmonise the maximum number of hours that pilots can work at European level.
The Agency issued a first proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) in December 2010 and received comments from a large number of stakeholders during the three month consultation phase which followed.
Today’s publication of the Comment Response Document (CRD) on implementing rules on Flight and Duty Time Limitations and rest requirements for commercial air transport with aircraft, contains an updated set of FTL rules.
These reflect the comments received and the extensive discussions that took place within the FTL expert group set up by EASA.
Responding to this development on behalf of Europe’s network airlines, Secretary General of the Association of European Airlines Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus said: “EASA was given the unenviable challenge of combining the FTL policies of 27 Member States into a robust European standard. The EASA proposal is extremely strict and will maintain Europes position as a world leader in aviation safety.”
AEA said the rule-making process was based on independent scientific research and robust safety data. All aviation stakeholders including national safety regulators, pilot unions and the industry were given the opportunity to express their views.
“We are disappointed that some pilot unions have tried to leverage this rule-making process to secure better commercial conditions,” said Schulte-Strathaus. “Individual elements may vary from other regimes around the world, but taken as a whole these new European FTL rules will be among the most stringent in the world. Some European airlines may face increased costs as a consequence, but there must never be any compromise on safety, even in difficult times.”
EASA said the review group consisted of representatives from operators, national authorities and crew organisations.
The Agency also contracted three independent scientists to assess the original NPA proposal in order to ensure that the revision is based on the latest scientific evidence.
This CRD contains a summary of all comments received and also provides a link to all comments that have been submitted via the Agency’s Comment Response Tool (CRT).
This CRT is available for further comment by all interested stakeholders until 18 March.

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