Pilot policy lags behind research, says safety expert

Posted by pt91 at Jan 03, 2013 12:47 PM |
University of Leicester researcher highlights risk of relaxing flight-time limits

Research by Dr Simon Bennett (pictured) of the Civil Safety and Security Unit in our Institute of Lifelong Learning has expressed his concern that aviation regulators are not taking account of research into the ‘lived reality’ of pilot lifestyles.

This year the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will agree new flight-time limitations (FTLs) for pilots. Many consider EASA’s proposal to relax FTLs a threat to safety.

Britain’s FTLs are amongst the most stringent. Nevertheless, research by Dr Bennett shows that pilots can find themselves flying an aircraft many hours after waking. Over 20% of Dr Bennett’s respondents said that by the time they completed their shift they had been awake for 28 hours or more.