On 5 May 2012 at 10:15, an aircraft coming from Mallorca received priority landing rights at Munich airport, after its pilots issued a distress signal (pan pan) stating that they were extremely fatigued. The plane landed safely at 10:27. The incident is now being further investigated.

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… says the UK Transport Committee on its detailed report on EASA’s proposal for EU-wide rules on air crew fatigue. Published on 30 May – and being the result of an in-depth parliamentary inquiry – the report recognises fatigue as a serious threat to passenger safety. It calls for a number of key improvements to be made to EASA’s draft rules and for scientific evidence to be reflected in EASA’s final proposal.

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Yesterday, over 300 pilots and cabin crew from across Europe demonstrated in front of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to express their serious concerns about the future rules that will regulate flight time limitations for air crew. EASA, being the SAFETY agency, must resist the airlines' lobbying and base their rules on science only: Passenger safety first, always!


Today, over 300 pilots and cabin crew from across Europe demonstrate in front of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in Cologne. They are there to raise their concerns on the Agency’s proposed EU law on Flight Time Limitations, which should be aimed at preventing safety risks associated with air crew fatigue. On 15-16 May, EASA will meet stakeholders to discuss their latest draft, which is still insufficient to protect passenger safety and reflects the airlines’ commercial demands rather than scientific recommendations.


Pilot organization leaders who fly for SkyTeam, Star and oneworld Alliance carriers joined with leaders from the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) in highlighting pilot fatigue as a leading threat to flight safety, and emphasized the need for new regulations addressing Europe’s future flight-time limitations. - Read the Press statement here.



The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is in the process of drafting the future rules that will regulate future flight and duty time limitations. They released a revised proposal on 18 January, which is not acceptable as it can put flight safety at risk. Although an improvement compared to the first proposal of Dec 2010, this text still disregards decades of scientific evidence and does not take into account many of the scientists’ recommendations.


Airline Pilots are among the transport workers that are most exposed to fatigue during their work, with one in five pilots (20%) admitting that they made a serious error due to the effects of fatigue.


Colgan Air accident’s 3rd Anniversary – a Reminder that Pilot Fatigue can Kill

Brussels, 12/02/2012


On 18 January, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published its revised proposal for Europe’s future air crew fatigue rules. It took 50.000 stakeholder comments and the reports from three eminent scientists to make the Agency carry out some urgently needed changes to its initial proposal from 2010. And it took surveys among pilots in several EU countries to demonstrate that fatigue is a reality in Europe’s cockpits. But while the revised proposal brings some welcome changes, it still ignores key scientific findings on some important issues.



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