Monday 30 March 2015

Australia tightens cockpit safety laws.

From today it will be mandatory for two people to be in the cockpit at all times on all international and domestic flights, the Federal Government says. Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the new policy would apply to aircraft with 50 or more passengers.
This will mean that one of the flight attendants would come and sit in the cockpit if one of the pilots needed to leave the flight deck for any reason.
Mr Truss said the Government had been in discussion with the airlines over the past couple of days and there had been an agreement airlines in Australia would move immediately to adjust their flight operation procedures. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Airlines have confirmed they will comply with the change of procedure immediately and Tiger Air has implemented the policy which will come into effect on March 31. Several airlines round the world, including Norwegian Air Shuttle, Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook, were also changing their operating procedures to require two people to be in the cockpit at all times.

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