In today’s world, the need for air travel industry is growing rapidly, but airlines across the world are having tough times to maintain consistent & profitable operations. Some of the airlines are facing issues with the kind of aircrafts they use, while others are having challenges with respect to the inadequate supply of well-trained staff to run the routine operations
In today’s world, the aviation industry is growing at a tremendous pace. With increase in number of airplanes, management of cockpit, cabin and ground staff (engineering & maintenance) becomes a critical task. Adequate initial & recurrent trainings for each crew linked to the aviation industry is a must. Inadequate knowledge to handle pressure situation can lead to severe consequence , as well as action from civil aviation authorities. In the recent past lots of incidents / accidents have been reported and sources suggest that these may be due to lack of adequate trainings given to concern staff.
So, what is crew training?
Regular training are given to crew at ground training institutes (or simulator for the specific aircraft type / model ) to keep them updated with latest in the respective areas. These training institutes are approved by civil aviation authorities to ensure quality. Recurrent trainings prepare the crew to handle equipment as well as passengers in different unforeseen conditions to ensure minimum collateral damage and smooth operations.
Flight Crew needs to have all mandatory trainings and other important documents valid at the time they are being allocated for any flight duty.
What is Crew Legality?
Crew Legality is the set of rules imposed by civil aviation organizations to avoid any fatigue related incidents. These rules are revised time-to-time to keep them relevant at all times.
Crew Rostering systems are primarily designed to manage crew legalities, and help crew planners to plan the flight crews while keeping all crew legalities in check.
| Crew Management | Crew Training Records | Crew Legality Checks | Crew Roster.
Aviation Crew Management has always been a challenge for operators whether it’s an equipment training, qualification, and experience versus the frequent flight planning exercises. Due to increasing competitive pressures in aviation, many companies use their flight crews more intensively. To ensure that this does not result in pilot fatigue and a risk to passengers, strong Aviation Crew Management Rules(Legality checks ) provided by Civil Aviation Authorities must be followed.
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FlyPal-CRS is the industry standard crew planning solution. It is a secure web enabled system that allows the airline or aircraft operator to manage its most important safety aspects i.e. “Flight Crew records management and legality checks”.
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Many commercial pilots in Europe feel that fatigue is not taken seriously by their airline, a new survey has revealed – and low cost carriers are the worst offenders.
The aviation safety study, the largest in Europe to date, was conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. It paints a worrying picture of attitudes towards an issue that has been found to be a contributing factor in a number of accidents in the aviation industry.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) defines pilot fatigue as “a physiological state of reduced mental or physical performance capability resulting from sleep loss or extended wakefulness, circadian phase, or workload”.
Referring to the article I read some time back in The Economist, was about "Why Airlines make such meagre profits". Author suggested many reasons for shrinking profits but the most important one was cut throat competition and constant pressure of low fares from competitors.
The Shrinking profits, pushed Airlines to increase frequency on competitive sectors at the same time reduce operational costs. Due to this Airline Pilots have been pushed to work longer hours.
Longer working hours have had a serious implications on alertness of Pilots resulting in many incidents over the years.
A study carried out by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of 55 human-factor aviation accidents from 1978 to 1999, concluded accidents increased proportionally to the amount of time the captain had been on duty. The accident proportion relative to exposure proportion rose from 0.79 (1–3 hours on duty) to 5.62 ( more than 13 hours on duty).
What is Crew Management & duty time?
Workforce for any organization has erratic work schedules and workload, yet they operate under certain different working stress & risks. Therefore the workers health, consciousness, training and overall well being are of prime concern.