Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Helen Kearns, Spokesperson of Siim Kallas, on pilots fatigue and aviation safety

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-082257   Duration: 10:02:20  Lieu:
End production: 04/10/2013   First transmission: 04/10/2013
On 4 October 2013, Helen Kearns, Spokesperson of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, made a speech at the European Commission in Brussels to present clarifications on new rules to strengthen the protection of pilots and crews against fatigue.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium 00:00:05
10:00:10 Helen Kearns, Spokesperson of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, arriving to the press conference on pilots fatigue and aviation safety 00:00:03
10:00:14 Soundbite by Helen Kearns (in ENGLISH): The EU Parliament will, next Wednesday, vote on a proposal from the Commission on new rules to strengthen the protection of pilots and crew against fatigue. There have been any number of misleading and inaccurate information which have then, of course, been reported widely in the press. So in order to help shed a bit of light on the whole debate and to refocus it on the facts on what is a very ambitious safety proposal which will strengthen across the borders provisions relating to pilot fatigue. 00:00:39
10:00:54 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:00:59 Soundbite by Helen Kearns (in ENGLISH): Vice President Kallas will take some time with the plenary on Tuesday to underline that all of the existing collective agreements which apply particularly to pilots in some of the most established airlines will remain in place and not been altered by the new safety proposals. He will then go on to underline and take on some of the inaccurate stories in the press on this issue. I will give you just three examples. The first from a newspaper is to say that pilots could face flying times, awake times of up to 22 hours where they are forced to work, this is completely inaccurate. Under the new rules it will be physically, mathematically impossible to get to a 22 hours figure. Realistically, under the new rules a pilot could not be awake and on duty for more than 18 hours before finishing his duties. 00:00:56
10:01:55 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:00 Soundbite by Helen Kearns (in ENGLISH): Two more myths: one that pilots could be asked to fly over 12 hours throughout the night, completely inaccurate. Under the new rules night time flight duty will be restricted to 11 hours. That is a major step forward. The current rules 11 hours 45 minutes; they will be brought down to 11. 00:00:20
10:02:20 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
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