European Safety Agency revisits duty limits

Business Jet Traveler » October 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 5:00am

The European Aviation Safety Agency will extend discussion of the most contentious points arising from its proposed new rules for aircraft operations and has indicated that it could permit greater flexibility for business aviation on issues such as flight and duty-time limitations. The agency has acknowledged that the rules need to allow business aircraft operators to comply with safety requirements in a way that fits the realities of their operations, rather than expecting them to adhere to a model established with large airlines in mind

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy