Press Releases

Jan 30, 2014

European pilots welcome the comprehensive accident investigation report on the 2011 accident at Cork Airport, which took the lives of 6 people, including both pilots. The investigation identifies not only a probable cause of the accident but looks beneath the surface and uncovers some fundamental failings in Europe’s aviation safety environment.

Dec 17, 2013

European pilots and air traffic controllers welcome the agreement reached by the EU institutions on the new Occurrence Reporting Regulation. With the vote today in its Transport Committee, the European Parliament confirms once again its strong commitment to air safety. This legislation will ensure a much stricter protection of the safety incident data, the reporter and all the persons involved in a safety incident, and will guarantee an appropriate use of the information in a more robust ‘Just Culture’ environment.

Oct 9, 2013

“Today the European Parliament (EP) voted for a Regulation that is not to the benefit of the flying public in Europe,” says Nico Voorbach, ECA President, after the adoption of the new EU Flight Time rules by the EU Parliament this afternoon. “With this approval the EP took a step away from a ‘precautionary’ approach, ignored scientific expert advice and put passenger safety at risk.”

Oct 9, 2013

A few hours before the crucial vote on the highly controversial Flight Time Limitations proposal, pilots – and Europe’s cabin crew – stress once again the need for Members of the European Parliament to vote for the Motion rejecting the Commission proposal, later today.

Oct 4, 2013

After a firm rejection in the EU Parliament Transport Committee, the flawed EU Commission proposal for Flight Time rules for pilots and cabin crew will be put to a vote at the next EP Plenary meeting. On 9 October mid-day, a vote by all Parliament Members in Strasbourg will determine whether the safety loopholes contained in that proposal will become official EU-wide legislation and allow air crew to be landing after 22 hours awake, or flying 11-12hrs30 through the night.

Sep 30, 2013

European pilots and cabin crew welcome today’s decision of the EU Parliament Transport Committee to reject the Commission proposal for new flight time rules in Europe. With a large majority of 21 to 13 votes, the EP Members voted for the rejection of the proposal which contains several significant safety loopholes. The vote sends a clear signal to the Commission to come up with an improved safe and science-based text that ensures passenger safety is safeguarded.

Sep 23, 2013

The safety of millions of European air passengers will be subject to a decisive vote in the European Parliament (EP), in one week’s time (30 Sept.). At stake are new rules for EU-wide Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for pilots and cabin crew, which the EP Transport Committee will decide upon. The new rules, proposed by the EU Commission, have been widely criticized as “unsafe” and not scientifically-based.

Sep 17, 2013

EU pilots and air traffic controllers welcome the EU Parliamentarians’ positive vote on the proposed new Occurrence Reporting Regulation. Today, the EP Transport Committee agreed on refining and improving procedures for reporting of aviation safety incidents and setting up a solid framework for strengthening aviation safety across Europe.

Jun 28, 2013

European pilots (ECA) and Air Traffic Controllers (IFATCA) welcome the draft report on Occurrence Reporting in Aviation, tabled by MEP Christine de Veyrac, rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. The report published today proposes concrete improvements on the provisions which ensure a confidential, non-punitive ‘Just Culture’ environment for reporting relevant air incidents.

Jun 10, 2013

A new informal agreement by EU Transport Ministers waters down a proposal by the EU Commission for better prevention of aviation incidents and accidents.