Press Releases

Jan 28, 2015

There are several approaches when it comes to regulating safety in different industries. Regulators can prescribe exactly what actions entities (e.g. airlines) are to take to improve their safety performance. They can also prescribe the desired outcome allowing the regulated entity to decide how to achieve this. This so-called ‘Performance-Based Regulation’ approach can become an important tool to manage and enhance aviation safety in view of the expected significant growth in air traffic. Yet, it can also pose new hazards if implemented or overseen inadequately.

Dec 2, 2014

On the eve of the European Transport Ministers’ Council meeting in Brussels (3 Dec), pilots from across Europe raise a red flag about practices which distort competition in aviation and threaten to diminish the industry in Europe. If not addressed urgently, the aviation industry in Europe – as we know it today – could disappear.

Nov 10, 2014

Last week, a Swedish airport received the first ever license to control planes through a remote tower at an airport located somewhere else. European pilots recognise that such Remote Tower Services (RTS) will be part of future air operations and can bring potential benefits if – and only if – they guarantee an equivalent or higher level of flight safety, compared to local air traffic control.

Sep 3, 2014

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced its decision not to grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) the possibility to start operating long haul flights between the US and EU. ECA welcomes this decision that preserves fair competition and fair employment conditions in the trans-Atlantic aviation area, until the DOT takes a final decision.

Jul 23, 2014

The European pilot community shares the concerns of the international stakeholders and reiterates the need for a thorough and independent investigation of the circumstances surrounding the loss of Malaysian Airlines MH17. ECA considers this as a non-disputable prerequisite that should be ensured at all costs. At the same time, this event places the ability of the industry to adequately assess risks and the principles of flying over conflict zones under intense scrutiny.

Jul 17, 2014

Today the European pilots were shocked by the news that a Malaysian Commercial Aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by a surface to air missile.

“Our first thoughts go to the relatives and friends of the 290 passengers and of the 15 crew members and colleagues on board of the Malaysian flight MH17,” says Nico Voorbach, President of the European Cockpit Association.

Jul 11, 2014

“Flags of convenience”, the scheme used in the maritime sector to seek laxer regulatory, taxation and labour regimes, is threatening the European aviation industry. A joint declaration signed by the group directly representing both employers and workers in the industry warns against the rise of this new development: airlines using “Flags of Convenience” (FoC) undercut fair competition in the sector, avoid many regulations and scour the globe to exploit labour without European social rights and standards.

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.

Feb 13, 2014

European pilots regret yesterday’s Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) decision to grant a permanent operating license and Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to Norwegian Air International –a long haul subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle – which seeks to fly between Europe and the USA. With this, the IAA sets a harmful precedent allowing airlines to ‘shop around’ for lenient legislation, bypassing regulatory, tax and social obligations that their competitors have to comply with in their countries. It also raises questions about the potential flight safety implications of NAI’s deliberately complex business structure.

Feb 5, 2014

Social dumping, forum shopping and operating under a “flag of convenience” are core elements of the new ‘business model’ with which Norwegian Air International (NAI) – a subsidiary of the low-cost Norwegian Air Shuttle – is trying to aggressively enter the long-haul aviation market. Pilot leaders from across the globe are meeting in Oslo to discuss the local, safety and employment implications of this ‘model’ and to plead for fair competition and a healthy European aviation industry.