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Alcohol testing on board! BizAv crews face a new inspection routine

NBAA reports that some countries are testing business aviation crews for alcohol. BizAv pilots and cabin crews are facing a new level of scrutiny in some countries as authorities begin testing them for alcohol consumption during ramp inspections at airports, according to NBAA.

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After meetings last week with EASA in Cologne, Germany, NBAA learned that officials in the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan have already begun the testing while officials in Singapore started on March 31 at Changi (SIN) and Seletar (XSP) airports.
Brian Koester, NBAA senior manager of flight operations and regulations, told AIN on Wednesday that those countries are “ahead of the curve” on a new EASA requirement that takes effect in August 2020 calling for random alcohol testing of non-commercial flight and cabin crews during safety assessment of foreign aircraft (SAFA) inspections. Koester said 49 countries are signatory participants in the SAFA inspection program. “It sounds like anyone who is subject to a SAFA inspection is subject to this,” he added.  


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