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Aviation: Pilots

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) what guidelines have been issued; and (b) what training has been given to pilots to ensure compliance with Directive 2003/42/EC. [HL1946]

The UK has had a civil aviation mandatory occurrence reporting scheme for over 30 years. It is established under the Air Navigation Order and administered by the Civil Aviation Authority. Information and guidance on the mandatory occurrence reporting scheme is contained in Civil Aviation Publication 382. Both the order and CAP 382 have been amended to implement the directive. However, the requirements of Directive 2003/42 are virtually identical to the existing requirements of the UK occurrence reporting scheme. Implementation of the directive had a negligible effect on the UK scheme and so did not raise any compliance issues for pilots.

Airlines are required to included guidance and instructions to pilots on occurrence reporting in their operations manuals. However, airlines are not required to provide pilots with specific training on occurrence reporting.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the working arrangements for pilots employed by Ryanair using United Kingdom airports are compliant with safety standards. [HL1976]

Ryanair is an Irish airline and the Irish Aviation Authority is responsible for ensuring the safety of its operations. We have discussed recent reports about Ryanair with the Irish Aviation Authority who are satisfied that Ryanair's operations continue to meet relevant safety standards. We have no reason to dispute their assessment.