Pilots sleeping during flights
In a survey by pilots’ representative body, it has been found that more than half of pilots fell asleep while on duty. Interestingly, 56 % of pilots confessed during the flights’ operations. 29% of pilots told that when they woke up, they found other pilots sleeping too.
It was found that two pilots on an Airbus passenger plan went asleep simultaneously and the aircraft went on autopilot. There has been a campaign by the pilot union against this phenomenon. Flight time regulations are going to be voted in the European Union Parliament.
There will be voting on a motion to allow pilots to land the plane after being awake for 22 hours and they may be able to work seven early starts leaving aside the three which are now working.
The proposals have the confidence of CAA, which says the incident of sleeping two pilots was rare and isolated. The reason for this sleeping bonanza was due to long working hours as they had slept only five hours in the previous two shifts.
In the research, it is found that their abilities and capacities have been compromised and they were not given enough relaxation time. It was the view of 43% pilots. They had to compromise at least once a month during the last six months. The other group of 84% pilots says that their capacity was compromised sometime during the six months.
Tiredness is a phenomenon that is air operations and was a threat to flight safety. It is the viewpoint of 49% of pilots. An interesting fact was that the pilots who were forced to work were the employees of British based airlines.
Pilot unions say the proposed changes should be taken back and there should be a system of scrutiny through scientific and medical experts. It will be a positive move instead to bring reforms. Though the changes were meant to be one level playing field for Europe, it has gone against UK standards. It is a worrying move for everyone in the airline field.
There is complacency from CAA about the report about sleeping pilots. The critics say they are overlooking a serious issue and there has been a reporting about this fact for the last two years but CAA in oblivious of the real happenings.
‘Increase in safety.’
Some MPs say that they are entirely in agreement with pilot union suggestions and new EU rules may play havoc to air passenger safety. There should be a scientific investigation about the happenings. It should be assessed for how long pilots should be awake. The respective govts should revise the move to change rules.
CAA supports new changes in regulations saying these limitations maintain flight time standard, high-level security and in particular increases safety of UK passengers.
These regulations are based on expert professional consultation, clear rules and operational knowledge. There lie regulatory oversight information and studies.
.there is another side of pictures; CAA will be able to get access to airline data to manage fatigue risk insights.