CARGOLUX is hovering dangerously close to compromising the health, wellbeing and safety of its pilots and its air operations, insiders have exclusively revealed to aircargoeye.com.
It is claimed that flight-deck staff regularly work in an extremely tired condition because the Luxembourg all-cargo carrier is thought to be short of at least 70 pilots, writes Thelma Etim.
Disruptive roster changes that encroach on pilots’ rest periods are not uncommon and the number of cases of aircrew staff sickness is rising, reveals one source.
“We are severely understaffed,” he warns. “It is not rare to have rosters with reduced rest periods.”
In February this year, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) introduced new European Union flight duty limitations and rest requirements (FTL) rules aimed at ensuring that EU pilots have sufficient rest between their assigned flight duty periods (FDPs).
Yet Cargolux pilots admit to being regularly assigned FDPs where their scheduled hours are close to the maximum allowable length under the new rules, research results from an in-house survey conducted by pilot union ALPL (Association Luxembourgeoise des Pilotes de Ligne) claims.