News Archive

Jun 11, 2015

Flying in the ‘cosiness’ of automation poses new challenges to pilots. Where once a pilot was exactly that – a pilot – being a “manager of complex systems” is today an essential part of the job description. This led lately to a strong plea to the industry for more emphasis on manual-flying skills and a revamp of pilot training. Different voices echoed this during this year’s Flight Safety Forum (2-3 June, Brussels), where ECA was present to discuss “Aviation & Automation”.

Jun 11, 2015

Workload has been a recurrent topic in the aviation community over the last few years, especially as flight crew workload varies a lot, even during routine flights, from low to high and vice versa. These two situations represent specific risks. But it is very personal how to quantify workload. The effects of workload are very individual as well.

Jun 11, 2015

"The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 is shining fresh light on the European Union’s embrace of just culture, a legal and management principle that encourages aviation workers to admit mistakes and report safety concerns," writes Aerospace America in the aftermath of Germanwings 4u9524.

Jun 4, 2015

Competition may be fierce in the race to find profit, but without decent employment conditions and fair rules that work in practice a home-grown, contributory European transport industry will wither and die. With this message and concrete proposals on how to tackle the most pressing social issues in air transport, European pilots join today (4 June) the European Commission Conference “A Social Agenda for Transport”.

May 10, 2015

The technology and abilities of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are changing fast and the commercial demand to integrate the systems in the airspace is enormous. The commercial advantages and possibilities of RPAS seem almost unlimited. And because of decreasing costs - the recreational user will be a new actor in the airspace. But this new technology poses risks that must be on the radar screen of manufacturers, users and regulators.

May 10, 2015

If you haven’t watched the P2F video or signed the Petition, now is the moment. Hours after the video’s release a wave of comments, likes and shares followed. Within days, more than 150.000 people watched and shared their outrage on Pay-to-Fly schemes.

May 10, 2015

Another clash with Ryanair in a Labour Court is on the horizon. On 20 May the Danish Labour Court is expected to take a decision on a growing conflict between the local aircrew trade unions and Ryanair. The airline, which established a first base in Copenhagen earlier this year, refused to negotiate a general labour agreement with both pilots and the cabin crew, based in Denmark. Ryanair has so far firmly rejected such an agreement and – in a familiar and predictable fashion – threatened to leave Denmark.

May 10, 2015

When we all think of fatigue, the first thing that comes to mind is early and night flights. But as ICAO defines it, fatigue is also a consequence of workload that, by itself, can cause sufficient impairment to a crew member to be considered a hazardous situation and thus having to be managed under the SMS rules, if not by a more complex system: the so called FRMS. But is there enough in that daily operation that can overflow aircrews to a point of near rupture?

May 10, 2015

One of the most precious resources of our times is not gold or oil, no – it’s data. Data in form of pictures, movies and sound files. Or just as simple data as: where do people live and work, what they do, what websites they visit, or what items they buy when and where.

Apr 27, 2015

When young pilots have to pay an airline for flying its aircraft and passengers, something is seriously wrong. This is why the European Cockpit Association strongly denounces this unacceptable – but rapidly growing – phenomenon, practised by airlines and intermediary agencies in Europe, and calls upon EU decision-makers to ban such “Pay-to-fly” (P2F) schemes. These schemes – also called “self-sponsored line training” – require newly trained pilots to buy a package of flight hours to gain flight experience.