New research highlights the damaging effect of COVID-19 mitigations on UK pilots and the aviation industry (

October 31, 2022

A study carried out by Dr Simon Bennett, Director of Leicester University’s Civil Safety and Security Unit, with the assistance of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, has highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on UK pilots. The research, based on a survey and in-depth interviews with pilots, looked at how being furloughed affected flight crew competencies, including retention of learned routines, faith in officialdom, faith in employers, and pilots’ general outlook. 

The study found that many felt their performance on return to work post-furlough was not satisfactory, and that morale across the industry had been impacted by inadequate Government and employer actions. 

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The reports on the study can be read from here: Full study and Summary

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