News Archive

Sep 9, 2014

ECA’s team has recently acquired a new face – that of Paulina Marcickiewicz – ECA’s new Technical Advisor. A lawyer by background, having studied in the EU and in the US, and worked in EU affairs for the last 4 years, meet Paulina.

Sep 3, 2014

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced its decision not to grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) the possibility to start operating long haul flights between the US and EU. ECA welcomes this decision that preserves fair competition and fair employment conditions in the trans-Atlantic aviation area, until the DOT takes a final decision.

Aug 28, 2014
Since August 13th, heightened seismic activity at the volcano Bardarbunga in Iceland has been observed. Several hundreds of earthquakes per day, some exceeding strength 5 on the Richter scale were sensed, and it was feared that the volcano might erupt. Status of the volcano had been set to RED for some time, and a danger area around the volcano had been established.
Jul 23, 2014

The European pilot community shares the concerns of the international stakeholders and reiterates the need for a thorough and independent investigation of the circumstances surrounding the loss of Malaysian Airlines MH17. ECA considers this as a non-disputable prerequisite that should be ensured at all costs. At the same time, this event places the ability of the industry to adequately assess risks and the principles of flying over conflict zones under intense scrutiny.

Jul 17, 2014

Today the European pilots were shocked by the news that a Malaysian Commercial Aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by a surface to air missile.

“Our first thoughts go to the relatives and friends of the 290 passengers and of the 15 crew members and colleagues on board of the Malaysian flight MH17,” says Nico Voorbach, President of the European Cockpit Association.

Jul 11, 2014

“Flags of convenience”, the scheme used in the maritime sector to seek laxer regulatory, taxation and labour regimes, is threatening the European aviation industry. A joint declaration signed by the group directly representing both employers and workers in the industry warns against the rise of this new development: airlines using “Flags of Convenience” (FoC) undercut fair competition in the sector, avoid many regulations and scour the globe to exploit labour without European social rights and standards.

Jul 9, 2014

Recording conversations in the cockpit has since long been accepted by pilots as a normal and necessary part of their working environment since the related safety benefits are clearly understood.  But in the face of a proposed 10-fold increase of Cockpit Voice Recording time in Europe, it is difficult to sweep aside the worries of the pilot community. Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) data have been too often misused:  publicly leaked, generating speculation, interpretations out of context or used to apportion blame.

Jul 9, 2014

On 25 and 26 June ECA held its 2nd annual Conference in Brussels. This event was a milestone for our organisation as we welcomed Israel and Morocco as new Associate Members, bringing the total number of ECA members to 39 pilots’ associations. For many years both associations have worked with ECA and wanted to expand our cooperation. The decision to grant the Associate Membership was made unanimously by the current ECA Members. I am delighted to officially welcome them to the European pilot family. 

Jul 9, 2014

Joint the Norwegian Brussels School for a roundtable conference on Low Cost Carriers & Fair competition.

Jul 4, 2014

As newly elected European Parliament settles in to face fresh legislative challenges and shape policies, social partners in civil aviation have called for decisive actions from the EU to stop the emerging threat in civil aviation: airlines seeking to fly under “Flags of Convenience”.  The group of employers & employees in European civil aviation condemned the phenomenon that destroyed the maritime sector in industrialised countries a few decades ago and warned against its consequences for aviation.