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Foreign Passenger Aircraft (Second Pilot)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 27 June 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, seeing that at least 60 foreign-owned aeroplanes, carrying but a single pilot, are expected to continue trading between their respective countries and Great Britain, he can give instructions to advise the British travelling public as to which concerns are taking the precaution of carrying an additional pilot on each of their planes?

The desirability of passenger aircraft being provided with a second pilot is appreciated, but it is not a compulsory condition for international navigation under the Air Navigation Convention of 1919, and I think that the British public must use their own judgment in selecting the air line by which they travel. I may add that nearly all the French aeroplanes flying on the London-Paris service have accommodation for a second pilot, although not fitted for dual control. (The Dutch machines flying on the England-Holland route have accommodation for one pilot only.)