Some in the international airline industry want to put profit before safety.
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Pilots around the globe—including those represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the European Cockpit Association (ECA), and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) along with pilots representing the Associations of Star Alliance Pilots (ASAP), the Oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition (OCCC), and the SkyTeam Pilots Association (SPA)—are unified in the fight against reduced crew operations. We are engaging in a worldwide campaign to ensure the current standards that have helped make aviation the safest form of transportation won't be eroded.
IFALPA, ECA, ALPA Join Forces Against a New Threat to Safety
We all know they’re doing it. Airbus, Boeing, avionics manufacturers and certain airlines—all working away behind closed doors. All trying to work out how to get rid of one of the inconvenient, “expensive” pilots in the flight deck of every airliner.
A pilot in command of the flight deck of a modern airliner is there because of hard work, professional training, thousands of hours of flight experience, and demonstrated judgment proven over time. That’s not something you can replace with a computer. And a pilot sitting in a remote location just doesn’t have the necessary perspective to do the job.
Those promoting single-pilot operations argue that reducing crew size will lead to cost savings. However, the current body of evidence and experience, including more than a decade of study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), shows that the safety risks and challenges associated with single-pilot operations far outweigh its potential benefits.