Press Releases

Apr 16, 2013

Ryanair’s longest-serving pilot Captain John Goss has been awarded the Presidential Citation for his outstanding contribution to the pilot profession by the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). This highest award by IFALPA acknowledges Capt. Goss’ professionalism as an airline pilot and recognises his exceptional commitment to the Ryanair pilot community.

Feb 28, 2013

Early investment in good basic flying skills and fluency in critical manoeuvres are essential elements of effective pilot training programs, even and especially at times of increasing automation and proliferations of technology. A new report published on 28 Feb takes a critical look at pilot training programs and suggests a way forward to keep pace with the demand for professional, high-skilled flight crews in a competitive but safety-critical aviation environment.

Jan 23, 2013

An ambitious action plan to reduce the number of runway excursions in Europe has been released by EUROCONTROL today. This plan, called European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions (EAPPRE), includes provisions for airline pilots to be closely involved in identifying potential runway safety issues and working on means to mitigate runway safety deficiencies at a local level. The action plan provides a comprehensive set of stakeholder-specific guidelines and recommendations on how to reduce the number of runway excursions.

Jan 21, 2013

Pilots and cabin crew across Europe rang the alarm bell against the new European flight duty time rules. Under the motto ‘Walkout for Safety’ the action included simultaneous demonstrations at major European airports, handing over of a Safety Petition with over 100.000 signatures to the EU institutions in Brussels, flash mobs, awareness-raising actions for passengers and engagement with the press.

Dec 19, 2012

European pilots welcome the new Occurrence Reporting Regulation, presented today by the European Commission, 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. It also provides for confidentiality of certain information, which will encourage safety professionals, including pilots, to report incidents and thereby ‘feed’ a forward-looking accident prevention system across Europe.

Nov 29, 2012

Pilots and cabin crew will hold parallel walkouts and rallies across Europe calling on European politicians to take steps and put passenger safety before the commercial interests of the airlines. Steered by their professional responsibility to safeguard passenger safety and ensure safe flight operations, aircrews are mobilizing for a ‘Walkout for Safety’ on 22 January 2013.

Nov 16, 2012

The negotiations of the restructuring plan proposed at very short notice by SAS Group are turning into an arm-twisting exercise to dilute trade union rights rather than safeguard the company’s economic survival. SAS management’s confrontational style threatens to suffocate any attempts to save the company in partnership with its employees.

Nov 15, 2012

The radical decision to cut 4.500 jobs at Iberia as a part of a larger restructuring plan might offer a short-term chance to make quick profits at IAG, owner of Iberia and British Airways, but it also sends a clear message about the lack of commitment of IAG to being a socially responsible operator.

Concerned with the announcement of job losses and cuts to Iberia’s fleet, the European Cockpit Association, representing more than 38,000 pilots across Europe, has offered full support to Iberia pilots and cabin crew.

Oct 1, 2012

Today, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published its final proposal for new Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for pilots and cabin crew. In its current form the proposal will jeopardise flight safety and have significant consequences for Europe’s passengers.

Despite repeated calls for safe and science-based FTL rules to prevent air crew fatigue from endangering flight safety, EASA and the EU Commission are opting for a text that addresses the airlines’ commercial needs, but fails to protect passenger safety.

May 21, 2012

Just two days after over 300 pilots and cabin crew demonstrated in front of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), calling for fatigue rules to be based on science and safety, EASA’s rulemaking meeting on the subject ended in deep disagreement, last week. Air crew fatigue experts were alarmed by proposals brought to the table on behalf of airlines, which will lower the protections even further in EASA’s current proposal.