Press Releases

Sep 19, 2008

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.000 pilots from 34 European countries, shares the Spanish Pilot Association's (SEPLA) concerns about the continuous – and apparently coordinated – leaking of sensitive safety information to the media. Such leaking does not only violate international and European standards for Accident Investigations, but also compromises the independence and integrity of the Spanair investigation.

Sep 11, 2008

Alitalia is being used in a political battle in Italy.

The newspapers and media in Italy have been lead to understand the problem with Alitalia is pilots' and other workers' salaries and conditions, rather than years of management failure. Consequently, Italian Professional Pilots are being forced to defend their principles and their right to be represented by a fellow professional pilot.

Aug 21, 2008

European pilots represented by ECA are shocked and saddened by the tragic accident of Spanair flight JK5022. Our thoughts are now with the families of our colleagues and of all the other victims of the accident.

Aug 12, 2008

On the 16th July, the new European laws come into force to regulate amongst other technical requirements the safety levels of pilot fatigue.
Luxembourg in 1995 introduced for the first time in its aviation history a law to limit the flight and duty times of professional pilots operating aircraft registered in the Grand Duchy, the Règlement grand-ducal du 18 mars 1995.

Jul 15, 2008

On 16 July, all airlines and EU countries must apply new legislation on "Flight Time Limitations" (FTL). This aims to prevent pilot fatigue becoming a risk to the passengers’ safety. While most passengers will not be aware of this important event, it is a potential milestone for aviation safety in Europe.

However, many airlines and countries are unlikely to be ready, despite having had 18 months to prepare. Will aircraft be grounded if they don't comply with EU safety rules? Are the new rules as safe as they should be?

Mar 14, 2008

British Airways (BA) Pilots have overwhelmingly voted (86%) in favour of strike action, with a massive 90% taking part in the ballot. ECA supports these professionals in protecting their job security.

The threat of disruption has arisen because BA plans to start a new service flying passengers from mainland European capitals to the USA. The service, called OpenSkies, is using BA money, will use BA planes with BA support and is being overseen by senior BA managers. However BA is refusing to use BA pilots.

Mar 7, 2008

The February Conference of the European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 36,500 professional pilots across Europe, declared support for the easyJet Company Council in their efforts to fully represent all their pilot members' interests, irrespective of where in Europe they are based.

May 11, 2007

Effective pilot representation across borders in a liberalised and global aviation industry was the focus of a Seminar organised on 9-11 May, supported by the European Commission. About fifty pilot representatives flying for various European Airlines debated what pilots and their national associations are undertaking in response to this "transnationalisation" of their industry and workplace.

Mar 5, 2007

On 2 March 2007, negotiators from the EU and the US agreed on a draft text for a comprehensive transatlantic aviation Agreement. Once adopted, this Agreement will further open up the skies between the EU and US, launch cooperation on regulatory issues, and set the scene for a set of "second stage" negotiations to be started 60 days after the application of the Agreement. ECA welcomes this as a step into the right direction, while stressing that, in particular, the imbalance in market access opportunities needs to be urgetly addressed during the second stage.

Jan 24, 2007

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), as the voice of European pilots , expresses its serious concern on the recent public disclosure of cockpit voice recordings of Tuninter flight 1153. On 6 Aug. 2005, an aircraft of Tuninter crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea (Sicily), killing 16 people, including one crewmember.

Proper accident and incident investigations are crucial for enhancing safety levels in European skies. Flight data recordings provide essential data for this aim and it is of paramount importance to restrict their use to only safety investigations..