The SACAA ERD department held a Part 121 & 135 workgroup on Monday regarding ALPA – SA FTL Regulation proposal.
Industry was represented by all parts, whiles Organised Labour was represented by Solidarity and ALPA.
After some robust discussion on the proposal, the AASA’s ( The Airlines Association of Southern Africa) counter proposal and the Moebus Aviation (Switzerland) “Scientific and Medical Evaluation of Flight Time Limitations” report, the following Resolutions were taken.
There is not enough Scientific data in the South African context to advocate for changes to the current SACAA Regulations, thus:
Under the chairmanship of the SACAA
The EASA Fatigue Tables are to be used as the base-line for guidance.
Dr Jonathan Davy from Rhodes University was commissioned to draft a FTL survey questionnaire, which will be distrusted to all Pilots and Cabin Crew for completion. Dr Davy and his team will then be responsible to consolidate the answers and submit a report and recommendation to the workgroup.
Dr. Davy will submit the above request for funding and approval to Rhodes’ for its Masters Programme.
The workgroup will meet again in April 2019, to sign off on the questionnaire, where after the approved questionnaire be distributed to the Pilots and Cabin Crew.
The year 2022 was set for completion of the work and possible promulgation of the new Regulations.
Solidarity and ALPA are to meet in the near future in order to consolidate and align our respective mandates.