Flights: American Airlines pilots raise concerns over new cockpit protocols, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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The union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots has voiced concerns regarding the new cockpit protocols enforced by the airline, without adequate training.The carrier on Tuesday implemented new procedures for cockpit communications during critical events such as low visibility landings, according to the union.

“The operational changes that management is attempting to implement without fulsome training alters how pilots communicate, coordinate, and execute flight safety duties at some of the most high-threat times of flight,” Allied Pilots Association (APA) said in a post on Monday.

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Customers can enjoy an enhanced travel experience with seamless connections as the two airlines co-locate operations as part of a USD 400 million joint investment, according to a statement by American Airlines. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of the airport.

The changes were imposed over a bulletin, according to the union. “This attempt to train by bulletin, while ignoring serious safety concerns and well-established best practices, runs the risk of dramatically eroding margins of safety,” it added.

American said that “these changes represent industry best practice and ensure improved crew coordination and consistency across fleet types so that our pilots can easily transition across different aircraft if they choose.”

“These updates have been underway since 2021 and have been a coordinated effort with APA’s Training Committee,” the airline said, adding that the approach to familiarising pilots has been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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