Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Pandemic: Flight safety alarm bells ringing – NASA report


Landed aircraft means fewer flight hours and less training for pilots. Competent services warn of impacts on flight safety.

He brought it upside down

The pandemic has brought ups and downs in many professional fields and especially in professions in which the routine is considered the A and the Z.

The US Civil Aviation Authority is sounding the alarm, stressing that due to the pandemic, the large reduction in flight hours could have a dramatic impact on safety.

A NASA flight safety report has collected errors and omissions reported by US pilots anonymously.

One simply forgot to “thaw” the wings of the aircraft before takeoff, another did not see the flight controls well and climbed to the wrong height for no reason, while another chose the wrong runway.

Flights to the US were reduced by 75%

Pilots have to fly almost daily

“These seemingly small, everyday mistakes can have tragic consequences,” Peter Geltz, the former head of the US National Aviation Safety Commission, told CNN, stressing that pilots must be trained on an almost daily basis to fly safely.

“The frequency of flights”

Last spring, flights were reduced by 75% compared to the pre-pandemic period. At the NASA report, some pilots admitted that they felt rusty.

“In aviation, the frequency of flights is crucial,” said Richard McSpainden, chief safety officer at the Federation of Aircraft Owners and Pilots.

“The 300,000 members of the federation must fly safely again when the pandemic is over,” he added. For this reason it organizes online seminars:

“Welcome to the Don´t Get Rusty webinar, where we talk casually about various issues so that we can continue to fly safely.”

The absence from the cockpits is problematic

They lose their license when they do not fly

Unless pilots can prove to the US authorities that they have made at least three landings and take-offs in 90 days, they are not allowed to fly.

Due to… absence

According to the LA Times, this period was initially extended by 60 days and then by another 30. Otherwise many pilots would not be allowed to fly.

However, the pilot who forgot to “thaw” the wings of his aircraft before taking off, attributes his mistake to the long period of absence from the cockpits.

Source: Deutche Welle

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