News Archive

Apr 11, 2015

The Single European Sky (SES) – as well as its US counterpart NextGen – is a vital project for modernising Air Traffic Management. It will profoundly change the way flight operations are performed and will provide a much more strategic role for pilots. “The future of flying in a Single European Sky” publication, issued today by the European Cockpit Association, provides a strategic input into the debate on how to successfully modernise Europe’s Air Traffic Management (ATM).

Apr 8, 2015

Europe’s pilots are shocked – on 24 March, 144 passengers and 6 crewmembers died a senseless and tragic death. We are shocked, because even if this will turn out to be an isolated and singular event in Europe’s aviation history, we never thought that an act like this might be done by one of our colleagues. That is because we work hard every day, together with all our colleagues in the airline industry, to make flying even safer than ever before.

Apr 8, 2015

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is mobilising for a major extension to its scope and remit in the future. The major areas of this future revamp of the Agency are outlined in the proposal for revision of the EASA Basic Regulation, published last month after a consultation with stakeholders.

For the years to come, the EASA Opinion of March 2015 proposes to make changes in 7 key areas:

Apr 8, 2015

Europe seems to offer fertile ground for ‘new business models’ and airline management aspiring to de-facto re-write the rules of competition. A new candidate-pioneer with a ‘new business model’, longing to do things differently has emerged. It seems though that this new business model has a familiar ring to it: social dumping & regulatory shopping for flexible rules and oversight are its key pillars. This is the example of the Icelandic-Danish-Latvian Guernsey-company Primera Air: a charter airline flying mostly Scandinavian holidaymakers.

Apr 8, 2015

The loss of 4U 952524 March left us all with a deep feeling of sadness. Like anyone else, pilots across Europe were thinking about the victims, their families & friends, and looking for answers: “How could this happen?” Seeing how the lives of 150 people on board European aircraft, with European crew perished in a moment is one of our unspoken nightmares. Could we have done something to prevent it? For sure, there will be lessons to learn from this tragedy.

Mar 26, 2015

European pilots are deeply disturbed by the latest turn in the investigation of the tragic Germanwings 4U 9525 crash. The reports of investigators and French prosecutors that this could be a result of a deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft are shocking and our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives. As trusted professionals, who invest a lifelong career in making air travel safe, this is a very difficult day for us.

Mar 24, 2015

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) would like to express its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those aboard the Germanwings flight 9525.

“On behalf of European pilots, I wish to express our deepest condolences to all victims of this enormous tragedy,” says ECA President Dirk Polloczek. “Our thoughts are with the passengers, my colleagues, the crew and their families and friends. In such difficult times, we could only share our sorrow and offer our most heartfelt sympathy.”

Mar 13, 2015

After publishing a proposal for rules for small drones on 15 February, the US Federal Aviation Administration is gearing up to collect comments by industry and drone enthusiasts alike. Judging by the initial strong reactions – both negative & positive – busy days are ahead for the FAA.

Mar 13, 2015

The pilot profession has often been glorified as one of the most prestigious: high pay, professionalism, respect, high social status. The qualifications and skills required to become a pilot, and the enormous responsibility they carry, somehow, let us think that aviation – and its employees – are protected against mala fide management, exploitation and bad labour conditions. Well, they are not. Pilots have not escaped the perverse logic dominating the entire industry – cheap, cheaper, cheapest, and if possible – for free.

Mar 13, 2015

We recently were told by the European Commission that “more data is needed”. More data on problematic industry practices that make use of ‘social engineering’ to circumvent national labour, tax and social security laws, and which distort competition on the European aviation market.

Such data is now available – contained in the comprehensive study report from the Ghent University on ‘Atypical Employment in Aviation’. But is seems many don’t like what they see in this report – albeit for different reasons.