News Archive

Dec 12, 2014

Social dumping, fake “self-employed” pilots, pay-2-fly schemes, cheap aircraft and cheaper fuel, and flags of convenience: these are some of the many forms of unfair competition in aviation worldwide. While the term “unfair competition” doesn’t need much explanation, the schemes used by some airlines – in Europe and across the world – need to be put in the spotlight and must be stopped before they destroy the industry in Europe.

Dec 12, 2014

When it comes to mitigating the risks of pilot fatigue, sticking to Europe’s Flight Time Limitations rules alone is not an option anymore. Instead, Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) is supposed to complement the prescriptive rules and to offer additional protection against fatigue, as explained in an ECA Position Paper.

Dec 2, 2014

On the eve of the European Transport Ministers’ Council meeting in Brussels (3 Dec), pilots from across Europe raise a red flag about practices which distort competition in aviation and threaten to diminish the industry in Europe. If not addressed urgently, the aviation industry in Europe – as we know it today – could disappear.

Nov 10, 2014

‘I don’t like this,’ a 1st officer said moments before the First Air Flight 6560 crashed in 2011[1]. The accident is a prime example of what can happen when communication and Crew Resource Management (CRM) break down in a modern, multicultural cockpit.

Nov 10, 2014

The idea of improving predictability of flights is not new: it could bring many substantial advantages and increase the overall efficiency of the civil aviation system. Not flying at the initial requested flight level, departing at times different from the original estimated, arriving in the sector earlier or later than originally planned or deviating from their original planned route causes “over-delivery”, or a sort of congestion of air traffic.

Nov 10, 2014

The EU has a new Transport Commissioner – her candidacy came as a surprise, her colourful CV – as well. A closer look reveals she might be just what EU’s transport sector needs – outside-the-box thinker who is up for some big challenges.

Nov 10, 2014

It is almost unbelievable how fast 4 years have passed as I am writing today my last editorial as an ECA President. In the past years I had the privilege to work with dedicated staff and volunteer pilots. With my second term coming to an end, I have decided not to stand for re-election at ECA’s next General Assembly in November.

Nov 10, 2014

Last week, a Swedish airport received the first ever license to control planes through a remote tower at an airport located somewhere else. European pilots recognise that such Remote Tower Services (RTS) will be part of future air operations and can bring potential benefits if – and only if – they guarantee an equivalent or higher level of flight safety, compared to local air traffic control.

Oct 8, 2014

September is the month when things start slowly moving again after the summer/institutional break. In Brussels, the newly elected Parliament convened to “grill” the future European Commissioners with questions about their agenda, policy priorities and knowledge. In this newsletter we have provided a short report of the confirmation hearings of the future Transport Commissioner – Maroš Šefčovič – and the future Employment Commissioner – Marianne Thyssen.

Oct 6, 2014

The relationship between front-end users and engineers is not always an easy one. Engineers believe that it is the human operator that hampers the good operation of their machines. Front-end users argue that their job is to regularly do what the machine cannot do or redress bugs of machines which are poorly designed and which do not offer a proper interface to be used by human operators. With increasing automation this relationship will not become any easier.