New calculator counts pilot fatigue

Pilot safety body develops online fatigue calculator
On 18 February 2016 at the latest, a year from now, all European airlines will have to apply new flight time limitations, or FTL, for their pilots and cabin crew in line with new FTL rules developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
To mark the start of this countdown, experts from the pilot safety body ECA have developed an online ‘EU FTL Calculator’. Launched this week, the new calculator allows air crew, airlines, national authorities and other stakeholders to calculate their flight duty times under the new rules.
The calculator provides “a concrete tool to establish the exact legal limits for individual flight duties, taking into account a variety of criteria, such as time-zone crossing, standby or extensions,” the ECA says. It “breaks down the new EASA rules’ complexity and applies them to real operations”.
At the same time it’s there to raise awareness about crew fatigue and the joint responsibility of crew, airlines and national aviation authorities to stop fatigue from posing a threat to flight and passenger safety.
“EASA’s new pilot fatigue rules are a necessary and important safety net to ensure no single air operator starts to compete on the basis of safety, instead of its product and service,” says Didier Moraine, chairman of ECA’s FTL Working Group, the initiator of the new calculator – and a pilot himself. “However, we must be aware that simply complying with these rules does not automatically mean your operation is safe. Instead, in addition to rule compliance, sound Fatigue Risk Management is required, allowing operators to proactively manage their crew fatigue-related risks.”
TTG Nordic
[image courtesy Cathay Pacific]

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