News Archive

Oct 6, 2014

Paris, 12-13 February 2015: Save the date

Oct 6, 2014

“Silent Safety” would be the optimum solution if you asked habitants around an airport and pilots about their wishes on how approaches and departures should ideally be performed. Expanding the group of interviewees by Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airlines, you would end up with “Silent and Efficient Safety”. But meeting all these three targets by 100 per cent is simply a utopian dream as aircraft operations are always somewhere between the edges of a “safety-sustainability-efficiency” triangle.

Oct 6, 2014

The media attention after Amazon’s stunt with a drone delivering packages to customers, made it clear that Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are here to stay. What the popular video didn’t say is that before we see any RPAS delivering packages, regulators and the aviation community must find a way to integrate them safely into airspace. And pilots operating in the cockpit of 'real' aircraft can contribute to this.

Oct 6, 2014

Commitment for a social Europe, including the fight against social dumping in transport, is one of the key take-aways from the confirmation hearings of the incoming European Commissioners. Taken place last week in Brussels, the 3-hour hearings allowed the Members of the European Parliament to evaluate the designate Commissioners’ knowledge, commitment and personalities.

Sep 10, 2014

On 2 September, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected Norwegian Air International (NAI) provisional access to the US market as strongly advocated by ECA and US-ALPA.  This decision has provoked a number of political reactions on both sides of the Atlantic. Can the US refuse access to an airline certified by a European Civil Aviation Authority based on competition and public interest ground? The DOT says yes.

Sep 10, 2014

Earlier this week the Dutch Investigation Board presented a preliminary report on the crash of Malaysian Flight MH17. Expectations were high but unfortunately the partial conclusions didn’t meet them. While we understand that the work of the investigation team has been challenged and possibly rigged by the tragic ongoing conflict in Ukraine, we also do expect meaningful final conclusions to be drawn up at the end of the process to ensure similar tragedies won’t happen again in the future.

Sep 10, 2014

MH17 exposed a significant weakness – if not a failure – of international threat and risk assessment to determine what is safe & secure and how to effectively exchange such confidential (safety & security) information. How do we close this loophole today?

Sep 10, 2014

Pilots working on a temporary basis, independent or (bogus) self-employed workers… The combinations and forms of employment nowadays go far beyond the traditional full-time, open-ended employment with a single employer over a long time span. A new EU-funded study – relying on first-hand information provided by pilots based in Europe – aims at gathering data about the changing employment culture and challenges related to it. Centrepiece of this study is an online questionnaire.

Sep 10, 2014

Pilots operating for Ryanair have been elected as part of a new structure of the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) Council. With this move, the RPG is one step closer to being represented entirely by pilots working for the airline. Having been approved by an overwhelming majority of RPG Members, they will provide leadership and strategic direction for the year to come.

Sep 9, 2014

We would also like to introduce you to Stefano Piri, who joined ECA as an Industrial Policy Advisor in September and will reinforce our efforts for better employment conditions & protecting worker’s right. Please welcome Stefano!