News Archive

Jul 3, 2014

Pilots visit a considerable number of airports all over the world and observe and experience vastly different aerodrome layouts. This unparalleled experience, gained through their day-to-day operations, justifies a place for them at the forefront of improving aerodrome design and ultimately - improving runway safety. Such stakeholder engagement, through pilot professionals and their associations,can be an important contribution to the continuous improvement of aviation safety in Europe and globally.

Jul 3, 2014

Sometimes it is hard to understand. There are markings, lit stopbars, runway guard-lights and standard phraseology on the radio – but still we see runway incursions by modern multi-crew aircraft. 

Jul 3, 2014

The latest edition of the Skyway magazine (Issue 61, Summer 2014) focuses on the impact of nature on air traffic management and presents the Agency’s vision and strategy.

The issue features an article about ECA's involvement & co-operation with EUROCONTROL

Teaming up for safety, Loïc Michel, ECA Technical Policy Advisor, and Álvaro Gammicchia, ECA Board Director for Technical Affairs

Jun 5, 2014

Last month’s European Parliament elections across Europe will generate substantive changes in who makes the decisions affecting Europe’s citizens. A surge of Eurosceptic votes and a winning centre-right across Europe have sent a strong message to Brussels. Over the next months, experts will continue to analyse the results and offer predictions about the future of the EU. In the meantime, we have summarized for you the key takeaways from these elections.

Jun 5, 2014

Here is a forecast that pilots and operational staff would like to hear: in the next few years, they will no longer have to deal with black-and-white SigWx (Significant Weather) Charts and alphanumeric text messages (SIGMET, METAR, TAF). Instead, real-time, essential, continuously updated weather information will be uplinked and presented in the cockpit in a graphical, user-friendly manner and in higher-resolution. Weather-related “nuisance” disrupting the efficiency of operations or endangering flight safety would thereby be reduced to the minimum.

Jun 5, 2014

As I am writing this article the Boeing 777 flight MH370 that disappeared on 8 March has still not been found. This is distressing for all the relatives from the people on board, the aviation industry, pilots and the general public as a whole.

How can we explain that in times when there are more than 1000 satellites in space, and technology tracks almost every move we make, we have not found any trace of this aircraft?

May 8, 2014

As of November 2015, pilots and other professional staff – be they employees or contract workers – will be able to report safety incidents under a much improved EU-wide regime for occurrence reporting. Enshrined in the new EU Occurrence Reporting Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 (ORR), which has been published on 24 April, these rules represent a major step toward a pro-active, evidence-based aviation safety management system, aimed at preventing air accidents in Europe.

May 8, 2014

One could hardly argue with Nick Clegg’s (MEP) comment that there are many legitimate criticisms to be made of the European Parliament, but irrelevance or lack of importance should certainly not be among those. In the past year only, the European Parliament has adopted important legislation, such as the Flight Time Limitations rules, the Occurrence Reporting Regulation, and recently the Posted Workers Directive.

May 8, 2014

In all that we do – we, pilots, are looking for a safer way: using safer technology, finding a safer way to fly, performing safer operations. It is a constant uphill struggle. But the past month has seen a few notable examples of our efforts paying off. We have seen the publication of new European-wide aviation safety legislation and a landmark court case decision that reaffirms our belief in the importance of Just Culture for air safety. We have also red-flagged some potential safety implications of HEMS operations in Europe.