Press Releases

May 12, 2009

Scientists from all over the world show concurrent results from experiments on the effects of fatigue and sleepiness. The scientists challenged critics to demonstrate that fatigue does not have an impact on the performance of individuals. They showed reports pointing to fatigue as a factor in 20 to 30% of overall aviation accidents.

Apr 8, 2009

WASHINGTON - Pilots from around the world are voicing their staunch opposition to the recently announced joint venture between United Airlines and Aer Lingus that will not use United or Aer Lingus crews on new Aer Lingus flights between Washington, D.C., and Madrid, Spain.

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Apr 3, 2009

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38,000 professional Pilots from 36 European countries, is dismayed that once again the compulsion to apportion blame has outweighed the greater need to improve the safety of air transport.

In Palermo last week, sentences totalling 62 years were passed against the pilots and management of the airline Tuninter in connection with the August 2005 accident of an ATR72 aircraft off the coast of Sicily.

Apr 1, 2009

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.000 pilots from 36 European countries, attended a lunch in the European Parliament yesterday hosted by the European Transport Safety Council. ECA again called for the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to incorporate the concrete recommendations of a recent scientific evaluation of Europe's current FTL rules without delay, to ensure that pilot fatigue does not endanger flight safety.

Mar 18, 2009

New standards approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), on March 3rd 2009, stipulate that regulations on flight and duty time limitations must be based on "scientific principles and knowledge". The amendment is expected to impact upon EU Member States' national FTL laws, as well as EUwide FTL rules (Reg. 1899/2006), which – so far – are unfortunately not based on such "scientific principles and knowledge".

Feb 3, 2009

On 30/01/2009, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a comprehensive set of draft Air Operations rules which will replace current "EU-OPS" rules by April 2012. Given the size and complexity of the proposal, the 4-months period for stakeholder consultation seems rather ambitious.

EASA's proposal fails to reflect the most recent scientific evidence on the need to change current EU Flight Time Limitation (FTL) rules to protect against pilot fatigue and associated safety risks. EASA does so despite being legally required to base its FTL rules on scientific knowledge.

Jan 22, 2009

"Unacceptable"; "exceeding the reasonable limits"; "allowing for high density of work..." That is how the experts charged with the scientific evaluation of EU laws on Flight Time Limitations described some of the current laws to protect against crew fatigue. The conclusions of the experts can be found in an independent Study published today by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The European Cockpit Association welcomes the publication and urges a swift review of the rules taking into account the study's results.

Jan 13, 2009

A forthcoming medical and scientific Study evaluating the EU Flight Time Limitations law is expected to identify a number of legal provisions that need improvement to ensure adequate levels of flight safety. It will be up to the European Institutions to revise Flight Time Limitations laws without delay in order to avoid the risk of human error contributing to accidents and incidents.

Dec 5, 2008

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.200 pilots from 36 European countries, shares the Italian Pilot Associations' (ANPAC/UP) concerns over the decisions being made as part of the sale of Alitalia to the C.A.I. consortium.

  • ECA strongly supports ANPAC's call for separate Airline Pilot representation to protect the professional independence of those who have the safety of the passengers and crew directly in their hands.
Nov 28, 2008

At its General Assembly (25/26 Nov.) the European Cockpit Association further increased its representativeness by welcoming two Pilot Associations from the Balkan region into membership. ECA thereby represents 38.200 pilots from 36 European countries. The Assembly elected two new Executive Board Directors and re-elected its President Capt. Martin Chalk, for another 2-year term. ECA members voiced their strong concern about developments around the Alitalia takeover by C.A.I. and the way Italian pilots are dealt with in this context.