Press Releases

Aug 16, 2005

The Board of the European Cockpit Association expresses its heartfelt sympathy for the families and friends of the victims of both the Helios Airways flight which perished last Sunday en route from Larnaca to Athens, and the Copterline Oy flight the previous week en route from Tallinn to Helsinki. Our thoughts are with them all at this tragic time.

These accidents reinforce ECA's determination to continue working to ensure improved safety and security of air travel remains at the top of the European air transport agenda.

Jun 17, 2005

Meeting for an extraordinary General Assembly, in Copenhagen, the European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing 34.000 European pilots, adopted a new structure that will allow for a more proactive and efficient representation of pilots' interests in the EU.

Mar 22, 2005

Yesterday, the Labour Court of Charleroi, Belgium, condemned Ryanair for unfair dismissal of three of its employees. This Court Case will set a legal precedent and indicates that social dumping is not acceptable in Europe.

The Belgian Court declared itself competent to judge the case of three employees of Ryanair in its Belgian base (Charleroi). The decision was made on the grounds of Belgian law, despite Ryanair's claims that Irish judges were competent and Irish law should apply. The Ryanair emlpoyees had Irish contracts.

Mar 22, 2005

Representing 34.000 European pilots, the European Cockpit Association fully backs Commissioner Barrot’s effort to kick-start transatlantic talks on an Open Aviation Area (OAA).

Jan 7, 2005

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) has hired a new Secretary General, Philip von Schöppenthau, who took up his functions on January 3, 2005. This will reinforce ECA's representation of European flight crew community's interests in EU aviation policy-making.

Dec 10, 2004

Today, the European Council of Ministers reached a political agreement on the harmonizing of Flight Time Limitations (FTL). ECA welcomes that Ministers took a first step towards harmonisation, but regret that the current proposal is incomplete and does not take into consideration the latest medical and scientific research, to avoid that pilot fatigue compromises flight safety.

Existing studies show that the level of fatigue after flying more than 10 hours at night is equivalent to 0.08% alcohol in the blood. The Council has agreed on a maximum of 11 hours 45 minutes.

Dec 9, 2004

A new European Commission study published on 8 December 2004 demonstrates how in 2002 alone, European airlines and airports paid out a massive EUR 3 billion for additional anti-terrorist security measures imposed by European governments. In response, Europe's aviation industry leaders have issued a joint statement.