PILOTS are still at odds with the European Union's top transport official over new changes to pilots' flight and rest times.
Irish pilots were among those who expressed relief that the proposals were rejected by the European Union Parliament Committee.
The pilots claim the changes would increase pilots' flight time without sleep, although there are conflicting views on the complex new rules.
While the proposals are intended to lower pilots' working hours in most of the EU's 28 member states, pilot unions interpret the maths differently.
European pilots' unions have claimed the proposals on flight time limitations could leave pilots "dangerously fatigued".
In contrast, the European Commission insisted its amendments would lower pilots' working hours in most EU member states.
However, the amendment was rejected 20 votes to 13 in the European Parliament's transport and tourism committee.
IALPA safety director Captain Paul Cullen last night said: "We're relieved that common sense seems to have prevailed."
However, with the proposals still set to go to a vote in the 766-member European Parliament, he said: "We're not out of the woods yet."
But EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas supported the proposed new rules.
"Pilot fatigue is a very serious issue and that's why there are already strong EU rules in place," the commissioner said.
"This proposal goes a step further, bringing together the best safety practices from all EU member states and the latest scientific evidence."