More than half of British airline pilots say they have fallen asleep in the cockpit, a survey said, ahead of an EU vote on flying hours which a pilots’ association said could compromise flight safety.
According to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), 56 percent of 500 commercial pilots admitted to being asleep while on the flight deck and, of those, nearly one in three said they had woken up to find their co-pilot also asleep.
Pilot exhaustion grabbed the headlines this week when a newspaper reported two pilots on a British long-haul flight fell asleep in the cockpit, leaving the packed jet travelling unsupervised on autopilot.
The survey, released by BALPA, came ahead of a vote in the European Parliament on Monday on new rules which could replace British regulations.
Do British airlines have mandatory copilots and a buddy system to keep eachother awake? They should by now. The story above was from 2011. This headline is from March 2015.
British airlines announce switch to US system of two crew members in the cockpit at ALL times in wake of Germanwings tragedy
British airlines are planning to introduce rules ensuring that two crew members are on the flight deck at all times once an aircraft is airborne.
The move was prompted by Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who commanded the autopilot on his Airbus A-320 to descend from 38,000 feet to just 100 feet while it was approaching the Alps after his captain stepped out to the toilet.
The Federal Aviation Authority requires at least two crew members on the flight deck at all times to prevent similar types of disaster.
I guess it’s a boring job, in general. Hours of not doing much.