Aircraft flying in the country must have two people in the cockpit at all times, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced Sunday.
Under an amendment to Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations, aircraft certified for two pilots must have a member of the flight crew, “preferably male”, in the cockpit whenever one of the pilots has to leave the flight deck.
The new regulation is meant to ensure that a pilot will not be locked out of the cockpit by the other.
This comes in the wake of a Germanwings crash last month that killed 150 people. Investigators say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps.
The amendments to Philippine aviation regulations were approved on Apr. 1 and will take effect within 15 days of publication.
Under current air regulations, cockpit doors must be locked once all of the airplane’s external doors are closed and can only be opened inflight by authorized persons.
Pilots should also be provided a means to monitor the area outside the flight crew compartment “to identify persons requesting entry and to detect suspicious behavior or potential [threats].”
Source: JDS, GMA News