Positions

Jul 9, 2014
Representing over 38.000 professional pilots from 37 European countries, ECA welcomes the general intention behind the EASA Opinion 01/2014, i.e. to allow for a quicker location of accident aircraft location and a thorough analysis of the factors that contributed to an accident.
 
In particular, ECA welcomes and supports the proposals on longer duration and more easily detectable Underwater Locating Devices (ULD).
May 5, 2014

Authorities recognise that helicopters are difficult aircraft to fly. They also reccognise that HEMS operations in particular are challenging as they are performed at low levels and outside controlled airspace at off–field landing sites, often without radar coverage and under special circumstances and difficulties characteristic of the type of operation itself. This challenging nature is further excacerbated during the night.

May 5, 2014

Early 2013 EASA received derogation requests from some HEMS operators to increase the maximum age limit for single pilot HEMS operations from 60 to 65 years in Part-FCL. The Agency decided not to grant derogations because of absent mitigating measures. As a result some operators applied and were granted exemptions. In the meantime some operators had commissioned a study (to the Munich and Dusseldorf Universities) to look into this maximum age limit. Based on the results of this study the HEMS operators asked for support at the EASA Advisory Board to raise the maximum age limit.

Dec 19, 2013

Over the past years, the aviation world has realised that a too high dependency on automation can potentially cause safety issues. One reason is that automation has pushed manual flying skills into the shadows. Today, pilots fly airplanes manually only a fraction of the time so their skill set is struggling to maintain the necessary level of proficiency. 

Apr 23, 2013

Article 62 of EASA’s Basic Regulation stipulates that an independent external evaluation of the implementation of the Regulation shall be undertaken at five-yearly intervals. The evaluation will, inter alia, examine how effectively EASA is fulfilling its mission and assess the impact of the Regulation, the EASA Agency and its working practices in establishing a high level of civil aviation safety in Europe. An independent expert panel has been commissioned to undertake this evaluation.

Apr 22, 2013

In December 2012, the European Commission adopted its proposal for a new EU regulation on Occurrence Reporting. ECA welcomed the EU Commission’s proposal as an important step towards better, pro-active prevention of air accidents. The new regulation creates a comprehensive framework for improving the quality and completeness of occurrence data and for timely identification of safety hazards.

Mar 25, 2013

With a wave of bankruptcies and closures the airline industry has found itself in a difficult situation throughout 2011 and 2012. European airlines have also lost steam because of the global economic downturn of the past two “black years”. Meanwhile, the Low Cost model is growing. Discussing the effects of the global economic crisis on civil aviation industry and the implications for the more than 8 million aviation industry workers worldwide, ECA participated in the 2-day Global Dialogue Forum organised by the International Labour Organization.

Jun 4, 2012

ECA is concerned with the 1500+ pilot job losses due to bankruptcies and restructuring. The financial crisis and the fuel prices explain part of this crisis. ECA points out other factors: the internal competition from unscrupulous employers practicing social dumping and the external competition from East carriers and from the unbalanced opportunities given to US carriers in the EU/US air services agreements. ECA calls onto the Social Partners to work together to overcome this crisis.

May 5, 2012

Pilots reject the proposal of the European Commission to limit the right to take collective actions through the judicialisation of industrial conflicts. ECA therefore calls for a Regulation that truly considers and treats fundamental rights and economic freedoms in the same manner. ECA also expressed its support for the adoption of a Social Progress Protocol.

Download ECA Conference Statement: ECA Conference Statement on the Proposed Monti 2 Regulation 

 

Jan 25, 2012

Due to the design of engines in combination with bleed air systems, oil fumes may enter the air-conditioning packs and pollute cabin air. As air flowing through the bleeds is not filtered, cabin air can be contaminated by chemicals from the engine oil. This has been recognised by Regulation Authorities, scientists, airlines, occupational doctors, oil manufacturers and crew associations. It is important to make distinction between possible safety concerns resulting from abnormal situations (fume events) and potential long term health effects.