I am a PILOT, working for Ryanair over the last four years. I am based in ..... and have been working out of base multiple times. I have seen a lot from this company and i have noted that there are serious dangerous things going on in this company.
There is a very high level of stress and fatigue The pilots are living in continuous fear, scared to speak up, cause off getting fired. We have no union, and a lot of pilots are forced on a (illegal) free-lance contract, which can be canceled anytime, even after 5 years of duty.
There are multiple things going on in this company that will get headlines on tomorrows newspapers.
most of the pilots are a ticking time bomb... can not cope with the high stress level, sleeping during flights and are not able to perform 100% when necessary.
there are multiple things like (quick example) the incident on 12/04/2009. where a ryanair flight landed on the taxiway in CAG, instead of the runway.
We also had people landing with the wrong flaps settings(very high speed approaches), and people taking off in the wrong configuration...
I hope you understand that is a big safety issue, and one day this will lead into something else....
I have a lot of other colleagues, first officers as well captains, who can not deal with the company stress no more.
Always living in fear; Ryanair can end your contract anytime. Furthermore, its not possible to build up any social life. RYR often changes you around all bases, and your ''home base'' can be changed anytime. This gives a lot of stress for people with a family, and having i.e. a mortgage on a house. Also the aggressive business strategy of RYR includes closing bases from day to day, just to force the government to deal with RYR's demands.
lately they transferred all Pilots from the Marseille base. They are all totally Fu#@, they were also FORCED to take a 30% pay cut. take it or leave it.
You can image, how they feel, having everything build up in Marseille, and now leaving to another base, with a forced pay cut, not being able to fund all monthly expenses no more, not being home with the family.
TICK, TACK, TICK, TACK.
Another thing is that a lot of pilots are flying out of base,
To get to your destination base for that working week, you have to travel around the whole ryanair network. To get from Italy, to i.e. Germany, you have to travel via Denmark and you will be busy two days longer, to get to your work, and to get back from. RYANAIR DOESNT COUNT THESE TRAVELS AS DUTY TIME. This ends up in people stressing around from a to b. to get there in time. often you end up on your destination in the end of evening. Getting in your hotel around twelve, and asleep around 1. thereafter you have to get up at 4.15 to start with your early flights.
I think we agree that an 3 hours sleep is not enough to have the responsibility of four flights x 189 passengers.
Again, Ryanair, doesn't count this as official duty time. But on the pilot roster this comes up as a new temporarily out of base station. how you get there is your own problem.
By JAA avation LAW, this IS counted as duty time. But, probably RYR made a deal, and until now nobody is looking at this... and meanwhile this illegal rostering is going on and on... bringing more fatigue among the pilots. TICK TACK TICK TACK
90% of the 25min turnarounds a a lie, and we lie on the paper, just not to get questioned by the company.
Meanwhile, 99% percent of the pilots want a union. But RYR strategically makes sure we can not get one. Last time they 'freezed'' all UK bases, nobody in and out. and they told all the FirstOfficers that they wouldn't never get their command upgrade if there came a Union.
I don't know the exact figures, but to get a union u need the majority of all pilots to vote for a union. RYR at this time hired new pilots, and they offered them a contract and only a job, if they would sign on forehand to be against a union. in this smart case it wasn't possible to get a union.
Everybody who speaks about any union, just gets fired...that's the culture and the fact that is there right now...in this company.
we just have to see, if this ''awarded'' company will be a success in the future.
From the inside, i can tell you that a lot of pilots are leaving.
Air Dubai, approached RYR on a gentlemen s basis, to warn them that a couple of hundred pilots are busy with the selection process at fly Dubai and they have taken already a lot of them.
Also already a 100 pilots left to emirates.
there was a captain who was off the full month off April. The 1st of may, crew control called the captain cause he was late and thereafter didn't show up for work. he disappeared, left the company with no notice, and got already a job in Qatar. He just treated the company, as the company did with him.
- RYR announced a WET LEASE with other companies, cause they don't have crew to operate their flights this summer.
- and yes it is true what they say....
The only thing we get form the company is a cup of warm water.... we have to bring our own instant coffee... to make our coffee.....
Ryanair's David Bonderman and Michael O'Leary,SHAME on you both...How do you sleep at night.....IAA and CAA need to act in the interests of safety on board each and every Ryanair flight....
Our campaign has sent safety and security issues to the IAA and CAA before which have not been acted on to date.
These issues above are a concern to everyone in Aviation,Crew and passengers lives are at RISK...
For these issues above (comment) to happen at Ryanair and the Authorities do nothing,something very wrong is happening regarding RYANAIR and the AUTHORITIES...Is it CORRUPTION ??????