UAE's GCAA conducting alcohol tests at airports

Pilots found to exceed an alcohol limit of only 0.02 grams are not allowed to fly
UAE's GCAA conducting alcohol tests at airports
Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, the assistant general director for aviation safety affairs at the GCAA, said any pilot found to exceed an alcohol limit of 0.02 grams – 20 mg – will not be permitted to fly an aircraft.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 22 Jul 2019 08:49 AM

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been carrying out alcohol tests at all the UAE’s civil airports, according to senior officials.

“The alcohol test further compliments the GCAA’s risk based approach to control any such occurrences of foreign aircraft flight crew operating under the influence of alcohol, in UAE airspace,” said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority.

According to Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, the assistant general director for aviation safety affairs at the GCAA, any pilot found to exceed an alcohol limit of 0.02 grams – 20 mg – will not be permitted to fly an aircraft.

“This limit has been determined based on international best practices,” he said. “It is equivalent to a zero tolerance standard, with a small allowance for the potential presence of alcohol in the breath, due to other factors such as medication or mouthwash.”

The alcohol have been carried out both on a planned and random basis since 2018, and apply to flight crew from different operators.

A total of 22 tests have so far been carried out and ‘enforcement actions’ have been taken when deemed necessary, according to the GCAA.

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