Press Releases

Feb 25, 2011

During its extraordinary General Assembly, held on 24 February in Brussels, ECA’s Member Associations elected two new members of its Executive Board: Nico Voorbach, from the Dutch association, as President of ECA; and Jon Horne, from the British association, as Professional Affairs Director. They join the Board of Directors, which had already welcomed in November 2010 two new Technical Directors, Álvaro Gammicchia and Francis Nardy.

Feb 11, 2011

Science-based EU Rules Needed to Combat Fatigue

Today’s 2nd anniversary of the US Colgan Air accident, in which 50 people died near Buffalo, USA, is a tragic reminder that air crew fatigue can kill. Following this accident, the US Federal Aviation Authority acted decisively and issued, in Sept. 2010, its proposal for revised air crew fatigue rules – aimed at improving flight safety and based on scientific evidence and world-wide best practice.

Dec 20, 2010

Today, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published its proposal for EU rules to protect against the safety-risks associated with air crew fatigue, caused by long duty hours and short rest periods. Disregarding scientific evidence and designed to avoid costs to the airlines, these rules are well below the standards to be expected from a credible safety regulator. If not changed significantly, they will reduce safety standards currently in place in many EU countries – to the detriment of Europe’s travelling public.

Dec 14, 2010

The ECA Spanish Member Association, SEPLA, is meeting representatives of the Spanish Authorities to discuss the final draft of a Spanish Royal Decree designed to prevent Pilot Fatigue. Professional Pilot Associations have, for many years, asked the Authorities to provide regulations at the highest scientifically supported level, in order to protect passengers, crew and those who live and work under the flight path.

Oct 26, 2010

Today pilot training experts from around the world unite in Paris to develop the IFALPA[1] Pilot Training Standards (IPTS). Operational pilots from Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceania with a wealth of expertise on pilot training are committed to establish IPTS as the main standard for the future of pilot training.

Oct 15, 2010

Representatives of the pilots of all the airline companies in the 38 National Member Associations of ECA were invited to meet in Brussels, yesterday. They were briefed on the consultations on the EU’s future pilot Flight Time Limitations rules currently being carried out by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Sep 21, 2010

European pilots and air traffic controllers regret that the Council of Ministers’ legalistic position prevented the European Parliament from obtaining a more far reaching and safety-oriented Accident Investigation Regulation.

The first-Reading compromise text adopted by Parliament, today, contains some good new elements. But it fails to provide for strict independence of accident investigations from judicial ones and to protect sensitive safety information – two crucial preconditions for preventing accidents and loss of life in future.

Jun 2, 2010

European pilots and controllers strongly welcome the EP Transport Committee vote, yesterday, providing for strict independence of accident safety investigations from the judicial ones and for solid protection of sensitive safety information. This position will allow Europe to strengthen aviation safety through a significantly improved Accident Investigation Regulation.

Apr 26, 2010

The signatory organizations from the air transport sector are seriously concerned with the provisions contained in the Proposal for a new EU Regulation on Accident Investigation which grant the judicial investigators access to flight recorders and safety information.

Apr 26, 2010

Industry Calls for Independent Accident Investigations

Europe is seeking to strengthen aviation safety through the current proposal for a new Accident Investigation Regulation. But this unique opportunity risks being lost if the EU Institutions don’t act! – This is the message of 14 aviation industry organisations in their joint statement, issued today.