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Aviation: Regulations

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted or commissioned scientific and medical evaluation of the proposals to amend European flight time limitation regulations.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their proposals to alter the flight time limitation regulations on the hours worked by civil aviation pilots.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has consulted on draft implementing rules establishing flight time limitations for EU airlines. These have been reviewed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and it has submitted a large number of detailed comments to EASA. The CAA has also published its comments on the CAA website.

The CAA believes that overall the EASA proposals are a significant improvement on the current EU rules. However, it believes that the draft rules need to be strengthened in three areas: (i) the maximum flight duty period for overnight operations; (ii) the number of recovery days; and (iii) the maximum number of duty hours in any 14 day period.

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