More than half of Britain’s airline pilots have fallen asleep in the cockpit according to a recent poll of 500 pilots commissioned by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA). The survey came ahead of a vote in the European parliament on 9th October on proposals to set out maximum working hours for pilots and other airline staff. We spoke to Piers Applegarth, BALPA spokesperson.
Announced in February, the U.S. Airways / American Airlines merger has been blocked since this summer by a complaint from the American Department of Justice ( together with other interested parties ) for the probable "lessening of competition"! It will therefore be up to the courts to decide on the marriage of the two giants. A short overview follows...
Eurocontrol, the organisation in charge of European air traffic management, recently carried out a study of future tendencies in the domain; the result of which indicates that twenty European airports may be saturated within the next 20 years. Why ? What are the consequences ? What are the solutions ?