Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
There is a tavern in the town, in the town
And there my true love sits ‘em down, sits ‘em down,
And drinks his wine mid laughter free,
And never, never thinks of me.
William H. Hill - 1863
If the subject of the above lyrics is a pilot, one can but wonder, and be a little concerned, if the “me” in the above lyrics could be his plane. Both Commercial and General Aviation pilots have a grave responsibility when they take to the cockpit and prepare to be airborne. As a result, everyone who flies, or is preparing to fly, should be acutely aware of the rules and standards regarding INEBRIATION AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“This is a very serious issue,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas suggested soberly, “and one not to be taken lightly. The FAA does, of course, address it directly in their regulations.”
To wit, here is what the FAA says in regard to pilot drinking:
A pilot may not attempt to fly an aircraft or even attempt to be a crew member of a civil aircraft:
- Within 8 hours after consuming alcohol;
- While under the influence of alcohol;
- While under the influence of any drug that impairs a person in a way which is contrary to safety;
- While having a blood alcohol concentration equal to or greater than 0.04 grams per decilitre of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
“This is not just as issue that we deal with here in America,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING, noted, “and, as a world-wide issue it needs to be addressed by each nation separately.”
And, fortunately, it is! For example, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has checks in place to prohibit those who are unfit to fly making it to the cockpit.
“Our priority is always the safety of passengers and we work closely with the UK aviation industry to ensure that airline pilots and crew meet the highest safety standards," said a CAA spokesperson.
“For flight crew (and air traffic controllers) the breath/alcohol limit is nine microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. For context, the UK drink drive limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath."
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(To learn more about this topic, research “FAA Rules & Regs: Intoxication”)