Sep 25, 2015

With the globalisation of the industry, ECA considers that there is a need to define when a pilot from a foreign airline or a non-EU national needs a work-permit to enter the EU. We believe that the current process of consultation is an opportunity for us to bring to the attention of the European Commission our views concerning specifically the situation of international air transportation, contributing in that way to the reflection recently launched by the Commission on the EU Blue Card Directive. Since the form published in the Commission’s website did not allow us to adequately express our points of view, we have prepared this paper. However, at the end of this document, some specific answers are given to the questionnaire regarding the points that we considered relevant for our association.

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) is the representative body of European pilots at European Union level. It represents over 38,000 pilots from the National Pilot Associations in 37 European States and it is a recognised social partner in the EU sectoral social dialogue for Civil Aviation.

Aug 5, 2015

Same Threat on both sides of the Atlantic -- ECA fully shares and supports the conclusions of the analysis on the competition impacts stemming from state-sponsored and -subsidised Persian Gulf carriers, as conducted by numerous stakeholders both at EU and U.S. level.

Jul 24, 2015

This paper describes the position of Europe’s professional pilots on the standards and rules necessary for the safe use of drones in EASA’s ‘Open’ category. Acknowledging the potential this technology has for innovation and benefit to society, it is absolutely critical that the technology is introduced safely, in particular with regard to existing manned aviation – a future accident involving drones in which people are seriously harmed will do far more damage to the industry’s development than carefully thought out, effective, efficient regulation. The following points summarise this paper.

May 28, 2015

Representing over 38.000 commercial pilots from 37 European countries, the European Cockpit Association ECA welcomes the report from the RAG Working Group on New Business Models.

Apr 24, 2015

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) is concerned by the growing trend among airlines to outsource pilots’ initial training and to charge exorbitant fees for the in-house training courses they provide. ECA firmly rejects “Pay to Fly” schemes and considers that a pilot in line training should not be forced to pay for performing commercial operations on revenue-earning flights.

Apr 23, 2015

The technology and abilities of RPAS are changing fast and the demand of the sector to implement and integrate the systems in the airspace is enormous. Most of the systems consist at the moment of a light RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft, i. e. the airborne part of RPAS) operated in low level airspace and in Visual Line Of sight (VLOS) of the operator. The commercial advantages and possibilities of these RPAS seem almost unlimited and because of decreasing costs - also the recreational user will be a new partner in airspace.

Jan 28, 2015

Executive summary

A ‘Performance-based’ regulatory and oversight approach, which focuses on desired, measurable safety outcomes, rather than prescriptive processes, can become an important tool to manage and enhance safety in view of the expected significant growth in air traffic.

Nov 25, 2014

Since 28 October 2014, Safety Management System (SMS) and Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) are expected to be reality in every European airline. No doubt this will be a change of paradigm. From the rostering and safety department’s point of view, it will not be sufficient anymore to schedule a flight duty by simply sticking to the prescriptive limits, set by EU legislation. In addition to that, a risk assessment on fatigue will have to be performed for the flight duties in accordance with the Safety Management System procedures.

Nov 10, 2014

Remote Tower Services (RTS) is a new concept where the air traffic service at an airport is performed remotely, i.e. somewhere else than in the local control tower. Over the coming decade, this concept is likely to develop further, to gain maturity, and to gradually spread within the industry. This paper outlines the European pilots’ perspective and position on RTS. ECA accepts the development of RTS that meet an equivalent level of safety or increase the safety of flight operations subject to a number of conditions, which are explained below.

Oct 22, 2014
Updating EASA’s rules on Crew Resource Management (CRM) training is an important and necessary step to further enhance flight safety.