Dutch TV reports on 'Ryanair pilots denominated alarm over safety'
Dutch TV programm Reporter broadcasts at December 28 an episode titled 'Ryanair pilots denominated alarm over safety' Since the press release about this program the news was picked up by many newspapers and others
Ryanair pilots regularly fly with less fuel than they would like. That is, four pilots of Ryanair in the KRO Reporter. They argue that, to cut, are put under pressure to minimize refueling. Their involvement in the program KRO describe them as an emergency. "I hope it does not crash needed to awaken everyone," said one of them. Professional Reporter advocate in-depth investigation into the fuel policy of the Irish airline.
"There is pressure on pilots to minimize refueling in order to save money for the company," says one of the pilots. This pressure leads according to the four security risks. "We always look at the edges, the edges of the regulations," says one of them. "Affects the safety? Yes, it does, "adds a colleague.
The pilots establish a connection with the events of 26 July. In Valencia landed one evening three aircraft of Ryanair with an emergency, a so-Mayday call, due to lack of fuel. During a press conference in Madrid, the Ryanair board on the correct procedures. But a Spanish air traffic indicates that there was an "emergency procedure. From a reconstruction of that night shows that a disaster was close. The incident was a direct result of the pilots of the rigid fuel policy of Ryanair. "If nothing changes, then it goes downhill safety", says a pilot. "Yes, I'm afraid that something will happen if things do not change," says another.
Nico For Bach, president of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) is deeply concerned about the policy of Ryanair: "It is waiting for a time a plane completely out of fuel left. For Bach calls for a thorough investigation. The Agency receives approval from the Dutch Association of Pilots. Chairman of Evert Zwol: "I would like to call it to the bottom to go. In the Netherlands, but also on a European site, to be very good to look what's playing. "
The four whistleblowers do in the broadcast report of a "deep-seated fear culture" within the company. Kites are, they say, are barely able to resist the pressure. "When pilots express their concerns, they are punished, they say. One of the penalties imposed is critical pilots transfer to a base far from their homes. A former commander describes the style of Ryanair management as: "A regime of oppression, a dictatorship."
My company would NEVER pressure me to take minimum fuel, in fact we do not even have a fuel policy at all. it is PURELY the CREW who is responsible for SENSIBLE FUEL MANAGEMENT, and so it should be.
I do not fly FR, I find them the scum of the Industry, and their pilots, who after all are Officers and a VITAL part in the company should AT NO POINT have accepted their deteriorating positions and insults from their management.
The final responsibility for safe and legal fuel amounts rests with the pilot in command. Any captain who faces pressure from management to take less fuel should ask his chief pilot to put it in writing that they have taken over said responsibility on their authority - and then share that letter with their CAA should that chief pilot actually have the courage to write said letter.
I do not think it is right to call the pilots cowards or scum. I do not fly with or for Ryr but from what I read/hear it really is a company who bully and punish their staff without hesitation!.
We have a relatively sensible fuel policy at my airline where commanders are encouraged to save fuel where possible however if I choose to take an extra ton or 2 extra I certainly would not hear anything of it from management.
Easy to say you would leave if you where dictated to regards fuel decisions but bills still need paying and food put on the table. Do not envy these guys/gals one little bit.
So lets say you work for an airline, let's call it Brian Airways, and they have a reputation for bullying their pilots.
So you are called in for an interview as you are consistently taking more than minimum fuel. You show how brave you are and the result is that you are sacked. Which is easy to do as you are only a contractor anyway.
What now? Who do you go and work for now? You have a mortgage to pay, kids to feed.
What few airlines that are recruiting now are unlikely to recruit you with that stigma attached to you.
Any Captain who would allow management to dictate how much fuel he/she takes on is a coward and not fit to be a Captain.
That is a crass and ignorant statement.
I am no fan of Brian Airways but I do respect their pilots.
Few pilots are in a position to resist a determined and dictatorial management. Standing on principles is fine and dandy if you have plenty of money, no mortgage, no family to feed and really don't care if you cannot get another flying job.
I very much doubt you are a professional pilot to make such a statement as you did.
So you are suggesting that safety takes second place to management bullying? We all have mortgages and mouths to feed but if as a Captain you allow management bullying to overule your professional judgement, you're in the wrong airline or job and should get out pronto. I'm sorry if you consider my opinion crass but there you have it.
Fact is as stated before, a lot of these guys are paid by the hour. Therefore they are far more susceptible to management pressure. Surely an obvious flight safety issue. As for unions, forget it. This culture of contract pilots is a disgrace. I just can't imagine ever using Ryanair, the whole thing stinks. I don't think the pilots are cowards at all, just bullied and poorly treated by their management.
Last edited by shaun ryder; 28th Dec 2012 at 14:16.
Wonder how many of the upright brigade here would exhibit the same tone and determination vis-à-vis a manager giving them hell about taking "unnecessary" (from a blunt-end bean counter perspective) extra fuel, knowing that a) his/her bonus depends on financial savings (and not on flight crews feeling good about their fuel status while enroute), and b) carpeting or maybe even firing a pilot for being kind of insubordinate and a financial burden will not mean any trouble from top management.