This new evidence, which is being presented on Wednesday to MPs by BALPA, is calculated using the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) own computer program called SAFE.

Dr Rob Hunter, BALPA’s Head of Flight Safety and Security said,

‘Alcohol and lack of sleep affect our abilities in similar ways.

‘ Using the CAA’s own scientific model for calculating fatigue the proposed EU regulations would see pilots landing their aircraft with the equivalent performance detriment of being four times over the legal alcohol limit for flying.

‘The limit on pilots’ blood alcohol is rightly set down in law. The Government cannot say on the one hand that flying while over the alcohol limit is unsafe – which it is – and at the same time do nothing to oppose regulations which would allow pilots to be flying equivalent to four times that same limit.’

BALPA’s Chairman, Captain Mark Searle, said, ‘This is deeply shocking and adds to the growing mountain of scientific evidence that says the EU proposals are unsafe and will put passengers’ lives at risk. It is interesting to note that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is responsible for drafting these rules, asked three eminent scientists to independently scrutinise the proposals but, nearly four months after they reported, EASA has refused to release the findings to public scrutiny.

‘The current UK rules are far from perfect, but they are an awful lot better than the EU’s plans. One of Justine Greening’s first acts should be to use the opportunity of a high level gathering of Member States on 26th October to call a halt to this until all the science is available and properly scrutinised. We must have safe, scientific flight time limitations for pilots which don’t allow pilots to be flying over built up areas on approach to airports with the equivalent of five cans of lager in them.’

19/10/2011

Převzato od BALPA