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New European Pilot Fatigue Rules Come into Force. Do Airlines and Authorities Neglect Flight Safety?

Date

17 Jul 2008

Sections

Transport
Social Europe & Jobs

On 16 July, all airlines and EU countries must apply new legislation on “Flight Time Limitations” (FTL). This aims to prevent pilot fatigue becoming a risk to the passengers’ safety. While most passengers will not be aware of this important event, it is a potential milestone for aviation safety in Europe.

However, many airlines and countries are unlikely to be ready, despite having had 18 months to prepare. Will aircraft be grounded if they don’t comply with EU safety rules? Are the new rules as safe as they should be?

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