Iwan Soemekto and Andi Alisjahbana (The Jakarta Post)
Mon, January 2 2023
The topic of this article refers to the title of an article, “Airlines Push for Lone Pilot Flights to Cut Costs Despite Safety Fears”, which appeared in bloomberg.com on Nov. 20 and posted in airlinesrating.com two days later.
The article has since attracted commentaries from regulators, manufacturers, airlines and professionals from various backgrounds. No wonder, because since the era when flight engineers as the third crew in the flight deck ended in the 1980s and the big jets fly only by the captain-in-command and first-officer-in-cockpit, the dual-pilot operations have widely been accepted by industries, regulators, airlines, passenger and the pilots themselves.
According to the Bloomberg article, over 40 countries including Germany and the United Kingdom have asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to help set the standards, which will allow and be a guideline for operational procedures for single-pilot flight in all types of commercial aircraft.
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