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Airplanes and health. New regulation for pilots on the EU Official Gazette

Also assessment of psychophysical fitness, flight and cockpit crews - ATTACHMENT

Enac, Italian Civil Aviation Authority, announces today that:

"ENAC announces that in the Official Journal of the European Union of 25 July, the new Regulation (EU) number 1042/2018 was published, which modifies the Regulation (EU) number 965/2012 and introduces new rules and new obligations for the operators, in view of a greater attention to the evaluation and maintenance of the psychophysical fitness of the aircraft flight and cabin crews.

The newly published regulations reinforce the culture of prevention in the civil aviation sector and find ENAC fully aligned, in particular, on the need to implement support systems for pilots, which are already provided for in the new Enac Regulation 'Organizzazione sanitaria e certificazioni mediche d’idoneità per il conseguimento delle licenze e degli attestati aeronautici', edition number 4 of March 12, 2018.

Anticipating the forecast of the Union, the Authority has already prepared the regulatory base for the implementation, in Italy, of Peer Support Programs, activated by aircraft operators and service support providers, flight, placing the Authority's competence in the promotion and monitoring of the same programs, through the publication of appropriate regulatory instruments, such as circulars and guide material.

The European legislation published yesterday, which contains the summary of the recommendations elaborated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), following to the Germanwings aircraft crash in 2015, strengthens the safety system of the European civil aviation, introducing new rules for the initial assessment, control and maintenance of the physical and psychological fitness requirements of pilots and cabin crews.

On the one hand, the measures complement the need to offer pilots 'proactive and non-punitive' psychological support programs, aimed at providing assistance and support in recognizing, addressing and overcoming possible problems that could jeopardize their ability to safely exercise privileges of the license, on the other hand the urgency of extending to all Member States, under the auspices of EASA, an even more stringent system of controls on the use of alcohol and psychoactive substances by the pilots and cabin and in general, all the 'critical personnel for the purposes of flight safety'. These checks have been made mandatory not only for European aircraft operators, but also for carriers from third countries operating within the European Union.

Among the provisions introduced by Regulation (EU) 1042/2018, the new requirements highlighted require operators not only to 'allow, facilitate and ensure' access to pilot support programs, but also to ensure that 'crew of conduct is undergoing a psychological assessment before undertaking scheduled flights'".

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Below, attached, the full text of the Regulation (six pages).

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