Press Releases

Mar 1, 2010

Better Learn than Punish – Protect Safety Information!

Europe is seeking to strengthen aviation safety through the current proposal for a new Accident Investigation Regulation. But this unique opportunity risks being lost!

Nov 27, 2009

The European Cockpit Association held its Annual General Assembly in Budapest on the 25 and 26 November. The General Assembly welcomed two new members representing the Romanian and Ukrainian pilots and elected three new Executive Board Directors: Carlos Salas (Vice President), Luis Bento (Professional Affairs) and Riku Aakkula (Technical Affairs). The General Assembly expressed their support and solidarity to the Hungarian Pilot Association, which is suffering disgraceful attempts at intimidation by their employer MALEV Hungarian Airlines.

Nov 26, 2009

In 2007 MALEV was subject to a highly secretive and ultimately commercially unsuccessful privatisation. The private management has used intimidation and bullying rather than adopting European best practices to run the Airline. At this week's ECA General Assembly, delegates from 38 European countries representing over 38,650 professional pilots in Europe unanimously supported the following motion:

Nov 19, 2009

As of today, EU Member States will be bound by new air safety standards – developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – requiring that national pilot fatigue regulations shall be based on "scientific principles and knowledge". However, despite the availability of a recent scientific review of Europe’s fatigue rules, neither the national regulations nor the EU-wide rules are based on scientific evidence, except for the United Kingdom's "CAP 371".

Oct 19, 2009

Today, ECA and ETF launched an Action Plan calling on the EU Institutions to swiftly revise EU fatigue law in line with latest scientific evidence. The Action Plan calls for concrete steps to be undertaken by the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), EU Member States and the European Parliament to act upon a recent scientific study that shows that EU air crew fatigue law is potentially unsafe.

Oct 5, 2009

2nd European Action Day:

Today, ECA and ETF organised the 2nd European Action Day to raise public awareness of the potential dangers of inadequate legal protection against the effects of Pilot and Cabin Crew fatigue. Pilots and cabin crew members handed out fake boarding passes with health-warnings alongside detailed information on safety risks, and explained why EU law must be changed.

Oct 2, 2009

Breaking the 'Veil of Silence' – on 5 October, in 22 Countries:

On Monday 5 Oct., hundreds of pilots and cabin crew members will be at European airports to inform the public that the EU has scientific evidence that EU rules on air crew fatigue are potentially unsafe. They will hand out fake boarding passes featuring cigarette-style health-warnings, detailed information on crew fatigue, and an explanation as to why EU law must be changed.

Jul 1, 2009

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), supported by its US counterpart ALPA International (ALPA-I) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Association (IFALPA), calls upon the EU institutions to set up a trans-Atlantic legal framework that would allow pilots to have proper representation; give them the right to negotiate and to agree collective labour agreements; and to ensure that these agreements are properly enforceable, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jun 2, 2009

Following the tragic loss of an Air France Airbus 330-200, en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris today, the European Cockpit Association offered on behalf of all 38,000+ professional pilot colleagues from 36 Country Member Associations, their deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of friends, colleagues and passengers on board flight AF447.

May 22, 2009

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38,000 professional Pilots from 36 European countries, ANPAC - the Italian Pilots' Association and the SPA - the SkyTeam Pilots’ Association, express the importance of recognizing professional pilot unions, and in particular, ANPAC, to ensure the future success of Alitalia. Their leaders travelled to Rome in an unprecedented demonstration of support for ANPAC.