Jan 24, 2013
Pilots and cabin crew across Europe will ring the alarm bell against the new European flight duty time rules. Under the motto ‘Walkout for Safety’ the action will include simultaneous demonstrations at major European airports, handing over of a Safety Petition with approx. 100.000 signatures in Brussels, flash mobs, awareness-raising actions for passengers and possibly local work stoppages.
Jan 12, 2013

10 days ahead of the EU-wide ‘Walkout for Safety’ action day ECA launched its 4th campaign video for safe, science-based Flight Time Limitation rules. Starring Captain Dead Tired and a flock of goose, the video highlights the safety risks associated with the EU’s latest proposal for flight time rules: dead-tired pilots and cabin crew; – and calls upon the public to support the Safety Petition at

Dec 5, 2012

To strengthen ECA’s position on health and safety issues and define a list of short and long term action items, ECA has joined the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) ‘Healthy Workplaces’ campaign. The campaign will raise awareness of health and safety issues within the pilot community and will be used as a platform for exchanging good practices with other professions.

Visit EU-OSHA’s official campaign webpage

Dec 5, 2012

Our annual report provides a snapshot of ECA’s work, achievements & challenges ahead. We take a look at some of the trends for aviation in Europe and how they reflect ECA’s mission to ensure “Piloting Safety”.

Oct 9, 2012

On Monday 1 Oct, in the Brussels office of EASA, many journalists felt like there were 2 press conferences happening at once. One by EASA’s officials, who presented the new Flight Time Limitation rules. The other one took place in front of the building and showcased ECA’s representatives, expressing their concerns about the regulation.

Jun 6, 2012

On 7 June, ECA submitted a paper explaining our concerns on the impact of the crisis. ECA is extremely concerned about the large number of pilot job losses due to restructuring and bankruptcies. ECA said that, in addition to the financial crisis and the fuel prices, the calamitous situation of the industry is also due to unfair internal and external competition.

Jun 4, 2012

Philip von Schöppenthau went to Dublin on 5 June for a hearing at the Irish Committee on Environment, Transport and Culture to talk about the future EASA rules on Flight and Duty Times Limitations. ECA joined IALPA and BALPA experts, expressed our concerns regarding the current proposal and hope that the Irish government will have heard us.

May 13, 2012

Today, over 300 pilots and cabin demonstrated in front of the European regulator (EASA) headquarters in Cologne. The action was jointly organised by ECA and the European Transport Workers Federations (ETF), who express to show EASA their concerns regarding the draft proposal for future rules on crew flight and duty time. The current proposal is insufficient to protect passengers from the safety risks associated to crew fatigue. The EU must wake up and base its future rules on scientific considerations, not the airlines’ commercial interests.

To read more about the issue:

May 4, 2012

ECA submitted comments to the draft Terms of Reference of EASA rulemaking task (RMT.0411) on Crew Resource Management (CRM) Training, stressing that the rulemaking task should not include the introduction of evaluating non-technical skills. ECA also nominates Burkhart Kaumanns as representative to this rulemaking task.

Apr 29, 2012

On 30 April, ECA submitted extensive comments to the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) proposal for future EU rules on aerodromes (Notice of Proposed Amendments on Aerodromes). ECA’s safety experts analysed the text and made suggestions for improvement.

Furthermore, in a cover letter accompanying our comments, we stressed our main concerns regarding the proposal. Among these, the need to ensure full pilot involvement at airport level in all decision-making processes as well as the need to better balance between soft law and hard law.