Press Releases

May 14, 2012

Today, over 300 pilots and cabin crew from across Europe demonstrate in front of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in Cologne. They are there to raise their concerns on the Agency’s proposed EU law on Flight Time Limitations, which should be aimed at preventing safety risks associated with air crew fatigue. On 15-16 May, EASA will meet stakeholders to discuss their latest draft, which is still insufficient to protect passenger safety and reflects the airlines’ commercial demands rather than scientific recommendations.

May 7, 2012

On 3 February, Hungarian airline Malev was grounded, and the winding up procedure has now begun. The 2000 employees have been told that there is no money to pay the airline’s debts to them. The Hungarian Government, despite being Malev’s principal shareholder, refuses to offer any help.

May 4, 2012

Pilot organization leaders who fly for SkyTeam, Star and oneworld Alliance carriers joined with leaders from the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) in highlighting pilot fatigue as a leading threat to flight safety, and emphasized the need for new regulations addressing Europe’s future flight-time limitations.

May 3, 2012

Today the Spanish government has decided to submit to arbitration the longstanding conflict between IBERIA LAE (owned by the International Airlines Group – IAG) and its pilots represented by SEPLA. The conflict started over IBERIA’s controversial and unilateral plan to outsource Iberia mainline workers’ jobs to the new low-cost subsidiary Iberia Express. ECA hopes that arbitration will bring a fair solution to this conflict.

Apr 20, 2012

With the new EU law on social security all crews will pay social security in the country where they are based. ECA has been advocating this legislative change since 2010 when the Commission published its original proposal to review the social security Regulation, and promoted a fair system of social security allocation for pilots. ECA gained the support of the other Social Partners and was finally heard by the national authorities and the Parliament.

Mar 22, 2012

At today’s EU Transport Council, the Danish EU Presidency will launch a Ministerial debate on the safety risks associated with pilot fatigue and the need for adequate EU regulations to prevent accidents.

Jan 18, 2012

Today, new rules to combat the safety risks posed by fatigued pilots have been proposed by EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency. While the Agency makes urgently needed improvements to its initial proposal of Dec. 2010, more needs to be done to protect air passenger safety.
Scientific research shows where flight time limits and rest periods must be set to guarantee pilots are fully alert to bring their passengers safely to destination. And yet EASA ignores such research in key aspects of its proposal.

Dec 22, 2011

Yesterday, the US Federal Aviation Administration announced the publication of new safety rules, aimed at ensuring that pilot fatigue – due to long duty hours, insufficient rest/sleep opportunities, etc. – does not endanger flight operations. These rules come almost 3 years after 50 people died in the US Colgan Air accident in which pilot fatigue played a crucial role.

Jun 16, 2011

At tomorrow’s EU Transport Council, in Luxembourg, pilots from across Europe will gather to call on EU Transport Ministers to place the safety of Europe’s air passengers at the center of future EU rules on pilot fatigue. With pilot fatigue contributing to 15-20% of all fatal air accidents, Ministers cannot afford to look away while recently proposed EU rules disregard decades of scientific evidence.

Mar 2, 2011

The February 2010 Madrid Declaration on Single European Sky acknowledged “the human factor as the overriding enabler of change” but nothing has really happened in that respect since then. Air traffic controllers and pilots have decided to play an active role in shaping Europe’s future Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.