News Archive

Mar 6, 2015

European pilots express their firm disapproval of the anti-social actions from Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS). Competition is not a blank cheque to do whatever you want: unilateral decision to transfer striking workers to subsidiaries, massive recourse to strike-breaking, virtual crew bases outside Europe and social engineering are some of the social dumping techniques used by Norwegian to gain unfair competitive advantage and to cut cost on the back of its employees.

Feb 18, 2015

The basics of FRMS for those new to FRMS, to have a good basic understanding of the main principles for implementing FRMS. 

Feb 17, 2015

On 18 Feb. 2016 latest, one year from today, all European airlines will have to apply new Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for their pilots and cabin crew, in line with the FTL rules developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To mark the start of this countdown, pilot experts from ECA developed an online ‘EU FTL Calculator’. This new calculator – launched today – allows air crew, airlines, national authorities and other stakeholders to calculate their flight duty times under EASA’s new rules.

Feb 12, 2015

An alarming number of pilots are working with no direct link to the airline they actually fly for, with some airlines – especially in the low fares sector – drawing significantly upon a ‘casualised’ workforce, reveals new research.

Jan 30, 2015

The heightened security measures for passengers and crews at airports have become cumbersome and do represent a big challenge for the aviation business’ expansion. However, new threats keep emerging: we are facing record levels of laser attacks and cyber threats are lurking behind the corner. Aviation industry is changing. And so are the needs of the aviation security regimes. In a newly released publication, ECA maps out the key areas of aviation security for today and tomorrow as well as the pilots’ perspective on reshaping security in our sector.

Jan 30, 2015

It was my intention to start 2015 with an optimistic view on this year, as we expect a number of important decisions for the airline industry to be taken. Flags of convenience, fair competition, pilot training and aviation safety legislation are only some of the points we have on our To-Do list for this year. But the recent events in France unfortunately make it necessary to talk – once again – about security in our industry.

Jan 28, 2015

There are several approaches when it comes to regulating safety in different industries. Regulators can prescribe exactly what actions entities (e.g. airlines) are to take to improve their safety performance. They can also prescribe the desired outcome allowing the regulated entity to decide how to achieve this. This so-called ‘Performance-Based Regulation’ approach can become an important tool to manage and enhance aviation safety in view of the expected significant growth in air traffic. Yet, it can also pose new hazards if implemented or overseen inadequately.

Jan 23, 2015

ECA has just released its 2014 Annual Report! Take a look at what we have done throughout the year. 

Dec 12, 2014

First I would like to thank the 37 pilot associations in Europe for electing me as the new President of the European Cockpit Association. It’s a great honour and responsibility for me to take this position and work for the future of Europe’s aviation.

Dec 12, 2014

On behalf of ECA’s Executive Board & staff, we are delighted to announce the election of Captain Dirk Polloczek as the new ECA President. He was elected unanimously at the ECA November General Assembly, in Brussels. He takes over from Nico Voorbach who held the position for the past four years.