News Archive

May 8, 2014

With just over a month to go before the 2nd International Conference on Unruly Airline Passenger Behaviour kicks off, we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you some of the case studies being presented which are of particular relevance to flight deck personnel

Apr 17, 2014

European pilots welcome the landmark decision of the Court of Amsterdam on Ryanair’s defamation claims against the Dutch TV channel KRO. The court held that KRO provided sufficient evidence to support its claims about Ryanair’s company culture and fuel policy, as made during the two-episode programme – which also won a prize for investigative journalism – “Brandpunt Reporter” in 2013.

Apr 9, 2014

Every year, the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations (IFALPA) brings together pilots from across the globe to discuss the most pressing issues for aviation and our profession. This year, the event was hosted by the Panamanian Pilot Organisation UNPAC between 27-31 March, with an ECA Conference slot on Sunday 30 March.

Apr 9, 2014

A month before the EU-wide elections for new European Parliament (EP), decision makers in Brussels are gearing up for a final – yet crucial – legislative battle on the revision of the Posted Workers Directive. In April, the Parliament will vote on this sensitive, politically laden issue which touches upon Europe’s open wounds – employment and social dumping.

Apr 9, 2014

Would you accept a car driver who is allowed to only drive on the highway but who has never learned how to get onto the highway, take the exit, drive in a city, let alone park the vehicle? Why would its equivalent in aviation be more acceptable?

Apr 9, 2014

There is a paradox. Few factors affect air operations as much as weather. It can also impact negatively the safe conduct of flights. But the meteorological information available to pilots before and during their flight has not dramatically changed over the last two decades. And this despite the advent of the information society and the requirements for the upcoming Single European sky.

Apr 1, 2014

The 69th Annual IFALPA Conference in Panama City, Panama published a statement on Search and Rescue Operations, calling upon the international aviation community to stress the importance of cooperation, complete transparency, and adherence to the principles of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Annex 13 for investigations into an aircraft's serious incident or accident.

Download the statement here

Mar 6, 2014

42 % of European airports remain loss making despite a significant amount of state aid and subsidies granted to many of them by local authorities or governments in Europe. Closure or bankruptcy of such airports would imminently have an adverse effect on local communities and regional business.

Mar 6, 2014

Despite eliminating class D cargo compartments, Europe’s current fleet still features quite some aircraft built before the change of the related Certification Specifications for large aeroplanes. These aircraft have not been equipped with the necessary fire and fumes detection and extinction devices. And although they might prove more risky to operate, EASA advocates for no regulatory change and the industry has 49 million reasons to be happy with this decision.

Mar 6, 2014

In less than 20 years, the Asia/Pacific region will account for 38% of the world’s air traffic, according to the European Commission. Having a close relationship with a market leader like the ASEAN[1], the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will present a huge opportunity for any country, region or continent. Europe seems to know that.