Meeting pilots to discuss flight time regulations and pilot fatigue

On Wednesday I met with pilots concerned about the proposed adoption of the European Aviation Standards Agency’s guidelines on flying hours. The proposals contain plans to place the limit on hours of time both waiting to fly and in the cockpit to 12 hours at night and 14 during the day. This is an increase on the number of working hours that UK Pilots are currently permitted to do, and therefore enhances the risk of pilot fatigue. The UK has an excellent record of flight safety and the pilots would like to see the rest of Europe levelled up to UK standards rather than be forced to level down to European standards. This is an extremely important issue for the Government to get right, and I will be raising these concerns with both the Civil Aviation Authority and Ministers at the Department for Transport.