German authorities confirm they have been conducting random breathalyzer tests during ramp checks since as far back as Jan 2017, despite this not being part of the official EU SAFA ramp inspection guidelines.
In Dec 2016, following the accident of the Germanwings Flight 9525, EASA published a proposal to the European Commission to better support pilot mental fitness. One of their recommendations was to introduce random alcohol screening as a part of ramp checks within the EU.
Although that proposal has still not been adopted yet, local authorities in Germany say they can still perform these tests on the basis of German national law alone.
Have you had a recent ramp check anywhere with any surprise items not part of the standard checklist? Comment below…
- Official SAFA/SACA site at EASA
- Our advice on how to make a ramp check painless
- Opsgroup’s SAFA ramp inspection checklist
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