Pilots call Europe to Act-React-Impact!

Safe aviation needs strong legislation!

Remember the financial industry crisis in 2008? Now imagine the same principles of light touch, ‘performance-based’ and self-regulation were applied to air travel. The consequences would be alarming. In reality, today already, a combination of economic pressure and an aviation system that grows in traffic and in complexity is pushing the airlines to cut costs, reduce safety margins and push the regulations to their limits by flying strictly to what the law says is safe. And the law itself is often a near-image of an industry wish list, assuming that the market will regulate itself or the legislator will at a later stage correct any flaws.

This trend can only be countered by strengthening the EU’s air safety legislation, and by providing effective safety oversight (by skilled safety inspectors) and by a well-resourced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Read more... 

What EU decision-makers can do!

Strengthen EU air safety legislation to guarantee passenger safety

Fix broken safety oversight at national and European level

Strengthen EU’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA


Unfair competition must STOP! 

Fierce competition among airlines is turning into a “race to the bottom” with more and more companies pursuing social dumping and “forum shopping” to benefit from light regulation and favorable taxation in countries that serve them as “flag of convenience”. The abuse of highly complex “innovative” business models and the use of fake self-employment distort the level playing field. Economically-booming airlines from the Gulf, heavily supported by state aid and access to cheap infrastructure and fuel, add further pressure on Europe’s airlines. Urgent measures are needed to safeguard air travel. Read more... 

What EU decision-makers can do!

Stop unfair competition by halting abusive business models, social dumping and regulatory “forum shopping”

Eradicate fake self-employment by airline operators

Ensure a competitive, level playing field with 3rd country airlines


Pilot training not on "auto-pilot"!

Despite increasing cockpit automation, pilots regularly face challenging situations in the air, such as technical faults in one of the plane’s 4 million parts, or landing at night in heavy cross-winds. These are moments that call for fully alert, skilled and well-trained pilots, able to take safety decisions within seconds. Yet, EU pilot training standards are currently being undermined by new “innovative” licenses allowing the pilots only to fly but not to take-off and land aircraft, and by training pilots with less flying time in real aircraft, negligible solo flying, and less exposure to a real flying environment. Lowering training standards – while human error is a significant factor in many fatal accidents – is fundamentally wrong and should be stopped. Read more...

What EU decision-makers can do!

Ensure EU pilot training standards are no longer watered down, but improved

Support legislation that guarantees that pilots are fully trained to ensure a safe flight even in the most challenging circumstances

Put more emphasis on (re)building the pilots’ fundamental flying skills