News Archive

Oct 1, 2015

European pilots joined aviation stakeholders, today, in signing the ‘European Corporate Just Culture Declaration’ at a High-Level Conference on ‘Saving lives with safety information’, in Brussels.

Sep 21, 2015

An in-depth accident investigation report, issued by the French Investigative Authority BEA, is a ‘catalogue’ of almost everything that could – and is going – wrong in part of today’s airline industry. Fatigue, issues with training and qualification of pilots, shortcomings in CRM, lack of safety culture in the company, questionable company set-ups, commercial pressure on pilot decision-making, inadequate oversight by authorities, etc.… The list of factors that contributed to the Hermes Airlines' Airbus A321 SX-BHS accident in 2013 is long and telling.

Sep 21, 2015

Our industry has worked hard to make midair collisions between commercial aircraft a thing of the past. But these days, reports on near-misses keep coming in, near-misses between commercial aircraft and drones. Pilots more and more often spot these remotely piloted aircraft (RPAS) during critical phases of flight: take-off and landing.

The selling numbers of these "toys" have exploded over the past year and I assume they will keep doing so over the months and years to come. Many parents will put a drone under the Christmas tree.

Sep 21, 2015

Almost half of pilots working for Norwegian Air Shuttle are unsatisfied with the current Terms & Conditions provided by the company. Roughly half of the pilots surveyed do not currently see a long-term future with the company and a third is already looking for possible employment elsewhere. Bad news for a company with ambitious expansion plans.

Those are some of the striking conclusions contained in the first ever survey, carried out among the Norwegian Pilot Group (NPG) members in July 2015.

Sep 3, 2015

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Jul 24, 2015

On 1st of July the Danish Labour Court started the clock for Ryanair in Denmark – the airline had 5 days* to sit at the negotiating table with unions and sign a collective labour agreement for its local staff. Were the stakes not so high, Ryanair could have ‘digested’ the ruling. But too many factors are at play, as proven by the almost immediate closure of its Copenhagen and Billund bases.

Jul 24, 2015

By the end of the year, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to finalise the new European “Aviation Package” – a legislative package to tackle the most pressing issues in the industry. This has triggered a surge of events and discussions, consultations and conferences, allowing all stakeholders, incl. ECA to share their views and concerns. A side effect of this increased focus on aviation, has been some reshuffling of the lobbying landscape of airlines in Europe.

Jul 10, 2015

A small group of countries is pushing hastily for full liberalisation of the global airline industry, without safeguards, or consideration of the impact of such a move. The deal is currently on the table of ICAO Air Transport Regulatory Panel and crucially has the potential to reverse decades of progress and best practice in economic, labour and safety regulations.

Jun 16, 2015

Here’s a fact that not many of you know – 10 years ago, in June 2005, ECA has gone through one of the most significant restructurings of the organisation. A hotel in Copenhagen hosted the meeting among European pilots who discussed and agreed upon a new vision for the European Cockpit Association. How to make it better equipped for the many tasks and challenges that were waiting for them and to ensure the organisation has the right tools and sufficient resources for efficient pilot representation at European level?

Jun 12, 2015

Can too much ‘competition’ and ‘innovation’ be bad? Don’t let the vocabulary confuse you: in the case of European aviation, they can.