The European Cockpit Association (ECA), the representative body of 37 European state pilot associations, plans a Jan. 22, 2013, Walkout for Safety day to “send a signal to [European Union] politicians, passengers and airline operators that the proposed new EU rules on Flight Time Limitations (FTL) will adversely affect flight and passenger safety.” The walkout is expected to affect airline flights all over Europe.
An ECA website claims more than 84,300 European citizens have signed a petition demanding safe and science-based FTL rules. The petition “demands that scientific evidence must be followed in the revision of Europe’s flight duty times and passenger safety be placed ahead of the airliners’ commercial interests.”
ECA, working with the European Transport Workers Federation, said the new regulations could keep some pilots on duty for as long as 22 hours without a rest break. The new EASA flight time/ duty time rules are scheduled to take effect next spring.
EASA officials offered no comment when AIN asked about the planned walkout.