Australia Introduces Two in the Cockpit Rule

(Photo: Qantas)

(Photo: Qantas)
(Photo: Qantas)
Australia has introduced new aviation legislation that make it compulsory for two flight crew staff to be in the cockpit at all times.
The rule comes into effect immediately and applies to all domestic and international passenger aircraft carrying 50 people or more.
The move follows the loss of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps last week. Investigators say its co-pilot deliberately flew the aircraft into a mountain after locking the captain out of the cockpit.
Carriers from several countries, including Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, EasyJet, Emirates, Fly Norwegian, Lufthansa, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook and Virgin had already announced their introduction of a two-crew rule.
In Australia, Qantas and Regional Express have publicly announced their compliance with their government’s new ruling.
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has recommended that British airlines re-assess the safety and security risks associated with flight crew members leaving the flight crew compartment due to operational or physiological needs during non-critical phases of flight.