Single pilot operations are riskier than they seem – but we have the solution
Using simulator checks to evaluate pilots’ cognitive skills above the age of 60 is not a good idea.
Evidence Based Training (EBT) comes with tempting propositions for everyone in the chain – from the airlines, pilots in training through the aviation authorities.
We all know they’re doing it. Airbus, Boeing, avionics manufacturers and certain airlines – all working away behind closed doors. All trying to work out how to get rid of one of the inconvenient, ‘expensive’ pilots in the cockpit of every airliner.
Using simulator checks to evaluate pilots’ cognitive skills above the age of 60 is not a good idea. This is what Europe's professional pilots think about a recent recommendation included in a report commissioned by EASA on age limitations for commercial air transport pilots.
Evidence Based Training (EBT) comes with tempting propositions for everyone in the chain – from the airlines, pilots in training through the aviation authorities. It promises efficiency, safety, more and better training, while reducing the standard checking. But could this concept live up
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The safe and efficient co-existence of manned and unmanned aircraft in the airspace is one of the major challenges in aviation for the next decades. The rapid growth in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), civil and military, has increased the demand for access to non-segregated airspace.
While in general ECA endorses EBT and the principle of ‘less checking more training’ a cautious approach to the implementation of EBT is crucial, while keeping in mind several essential safeguards.
SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) is a multi-stage process of risk assessment aiming at risk analysis of certain unmanned aircraft operations, as well as defining necessary mitigations and robustness levels.
There is no issue with the availability of licensed pilots in most European countries. There is however a growing issue with the employer’s perceived quality of pilots graduating from the flight schools. Attracting, properly selecting and training the right candidates are the core
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We represent over 40,000 pilots from the national pilot associations in 36 European states.
We are a recognised social partner and make every effort to ensure that aviation safety is in the driving principle of future European rules.