Press Releases

Jul 10, 2015

A small group of countries is pushing hastily for full liberalisation of the global airline industry, without safeguards, or consideration of the impact of such a move. The deal is currently on the table of ICAO Air Transport Regulatory Panel and crucially has the potential to reverse decades of progress and best practice in economic, labour and safety regulations.

Jun 4, 2015

Competition may be fierce in the race to find profit, but without decent employment conditions and fair rules that work in practice a home-grown, contributory European transport industry will wither and die. With this message and concrete proposals on how to tackle the most pressing social issues in air transport, European pilots join today (4 June) the European Commission Conference “A Social Agenda for Transport”.

May 10, 2015

The technology and abilities of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are changing fast and the commercial demand to integrate the systems in the airspace is enormous. The commercial advantages and possibilities of RPAS seem almost unlimited. And because of decreasing costs - the recreational user will be a new actor in the airspace. But this new technology poses risks that must be on the radar screen of manufacturers, users and regulators.

Apr 27, 2015

When young pilots have to pay an airline for flying its aircraft and passengers, something is seriously wrong. This is why the European Cockpit Association strongly denounces this unacceptable – but rapidly growing – phenomenon, practised by airlines and intermediary agencies in Europe, and calls upon EU decision-makers to ban such “Pay-to-fly” (P2F) schemes. These schemes – also called “self-sponsored line training” – require newly trained pilots to buy a package of flight hours to gain flight experience.

Apr 11, 2015

The Single European Sky (SES) – as well as its US counterpart NextGen – is a vital project for modernising Air Traffic Management. It will profoundly change the way flight operations are performed and will provide a much more strategic role for pilots. “The future of flying in a Single European Sky” publication, issued today by the European Cockpit Association, provides a strategic input into the debate on how to successfully modernise Europe’s Air Traffic Management (ATM).

Mar 26, 2015

European pilots are deeply disturbed by the latest turn in the investigation of the tragic Germanwings 4U 9525 crash. The reports of investigators and French prosecutors that this could be a result of a deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft are shocking and our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives. As trusted professionals, who invest a lifelong career in making air travel safe, this is a very difficult day for us.

Mar 24, 2015

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) would like to express its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those aboard the Germanwings flight 9525.

“On behalf of European pilots, I wish to express our deepest condolences to all victims of this enormous tragedy,” says ECA President Dirk Polloczek. “Our thoughts are with the passengers, my colleagues, the crew and their families and friends. In such difficult times, we could only share our sorrow and offer our most heartfelt sympathy.”

Mar 6, 2015

European pilots express their firm disapproval of the anti-social actions from Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS). Competition is not a blank cheque to do whatever you want: unilateral decision to transfer striking workers to subsidiaries, massive recourse to strike-breaking, virtual crew bases outside Europe and social engineering are some of the social dumping techniques used by Norwegian to gain unfair competitive advantage and to cut cost on the back of its employees.

Feb 17, 2015

On 18 Feb. 2016 latest, one year from today, all European airlines will have to apply new Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for their pilots and cabin crew, in line with the FTL rules developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To mark the start of this countdown, pilot experts from ECA developed an online ‘EU FTL Calculator’. This new calculator – launched today – allows air crew, airlines, national authorities and other stakeholders to calculate their flight duty times under EASA’s new rules.

Feb 12, 2015

An alarming number of pilots are working with no direct link to the airline they actually fly for, with some airlines – especially in the low fares sector – drawing significantly upon a ‘casualised’ workforce, reveals new research.