The Oireachtas transport committee meeting on the subject of Ryanair’s recent flight cancellations was held today in Dublin. Please access the links to the videos of the meetings here. We suggest that you focus on the last four videos for information pertaining to pilot issues.
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary was invited to the meeting but declined. Solidarity-PBP Mick Barry told the committee it was “an insult that they hadn’t come.”
The pilot group is deeply disturbed by the IAA’s stance on pilot fatigue. They also take issue with the IAA’s statement that an April to April calendar year has not been advantageous to Irish airlines. Even more galling was an assertion that the fuel tables and reference to a captain’s position on them, no longer exists. However, the most infuriating occurrence at the Oireachtas meeting today was the committees refusal to hear the presentation from Captain Evan Cullen, president of IALPA. Captain Cullen began to speak about the working hours of pilots and pilot welfare in general. He began with the IAA’s lack of feedback to the aviation community – a practice which may discourage reporting – when he was shut down almost immediately by the committee chairman, Fergal O’Dowd. This decision was supported by Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for Longford and Westmeath. Mr. Troy is pictured below on the left.
The Ryanair pilot group urges the Oireachtas committee to reconvene at the earliest possible opportunity so that Captain Cullen’s presentation can be heard in full and uninterrupted. The pilot body also hopes that the Irish Aviation Authority and the Commission for Aviation Regulation attend any future committee hearings to address any issues or questions raised by Captain Cullen’s presentation.