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EC plans to regulate pilots' hours rejected

EC plans to regulate pilots' hours rejected
1 Oct 2013

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have rejected proposals to change how pilots' working hours are regulated.

The European Commission is looking to standardise varying time limits for flights across member states, but MEPs on the transport committee voted against the plans 21 to 13.

This is because - according to the British Airline Pilots Association - it could mean UK aircrews land planes after being awake for 22 hours straight.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority has said this scenario would "almost never happen" and suggested the changes would improve safety for UK passengers on some European airlines.

The plans, which will be consulted on later this month by the full European Parliament, would see pilots flying on the longest-haul flights alongside just two members of crew rather than three and working up to seven early starts in a row.

MEP spokesman Brian Simpson told the BBC: 'The proposed changes will either continue to ensure high levels of aviation safety or will improve the present standards in many member states.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801644264-ADNFCR

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