Air France aims to boost security with new English language pilot handbook
Air France has finally fallen in line with the rest of the aviation industry by publishing its new pilot user-handbook in English. The move follows a greater emphasis on security in the wake of the Paris-Rio aircrash.
Deputy Director General of Air Operations Eric Schramm, said the company had previously used the handbook from Airbus and Boeing and translated it into French while adding details specific to the airline’s own way of operating.
“This [handbook] will improve security because we will be working solely with details supplied by constructors and will not run the risk that their instructions have been poorly translated,” explained Schramm.
But the change has not pleased everyone with some pilots pointing out it is more natural for the information to be in the pilot’s mother tongue.
Each pilot must now follow a training session on the new handbook and sit an exam which has an 85 per cent pass rate.
Pilots of the Airbus A380 are already using the new handbook and Air France aims to have it in general use by the end of 2013.
The company has also developed a pilot iPad, the Pilot Pad, which allows pilots to consult several pages from the handbook on screen at the same time.
Other applications are also in development including one that means pilots can file an incident report immediately instead of the seven days it currently takes for the information to be logged.