Swiss Authorities Ground 34 ERJ-145 Pilots

 - May 6, 2008, 5:37 AM

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation ordered 34 Swiss Air Lines pilots grounded after three of the airline’s flying instructors “failed to fulfill all their formal requirements for their duties.” According to Swiss, it voluntarily agreed to pull the Embraer ERJ-145 pilots from duty, but it called the incident a matter of formality, attributing the violation to a documentation oversight in the instructors’ records.

The airline said the August 15 groundings did not affect its flight schedule, and that the pilots would return to duty after they receive new recurrent or initial training tests. It stressed, however, that the incident in no way taints the qualifications of the examiners or pilots involved. “They have successfully completed all the training required to serve as examiners on the type,” said a Swiss spokesperson. “All that is currently lacking is the official entry of the Embraer ERJ-145 qualification of the licenses concerned.”

The airline said it would meet the “necessary formalities” in consultation with FOCA “as soon as possible,” and that it expects the Embraer pilot roster to return to full strength by the middle of next month.