Pilots association reassures Aussie passengers

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The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) has backed Virgin Australia’s recruitment policies in a bid to reassure Australian travellers following the Germanwings A320 crash.

“On behalf of VIPA and our members, we further extend our condolences to all those affected by this tragic event,” VIPA president captain John Lyons said.

“VIPA has full confidence in Virgin Australia’s recruitment policies and its ongoing full-performance monitoring which our pilots undertake at least twice a year.

“We can attest to the fact that Australian pilots operate to the highest standards of world aviation practice on a daily basis.

“VIPA also offers a peer support program to assist and counsel pilots for any work or private stress-related issues they may experience.”

Captain Lyons said VIPA supported an international review of cockpit safety procedures.

“VIPA and the wider pilot community have been concerned about a pilot’s ability to access the cockpit under all circumstances,” Captain Lyons explained.

“We won’t be offering any further comment at this stage, given the matter is under investigation by authorities.”

Captain Lyons said VIPA will be in contact with its international affiliates for updates on the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash.

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