The fundamental objectives of the VC are contributing to the welfare and safety of civil aviation as well as ensuring and pursuing the interests of its members regarding technical affairs and industrial affairs.

Among other things, we achieve this by influencing legislation, concluding collective wage agreements, participating in decision-making for the composition of salary terms and other conditions of employment, informing the public about the professional, sociopolitical and economic situation of cockpit crews.

In addition to that more than 130 honorary members are involved with the establishment and provision of extensive professional expertise within the VC in line with various committees, which meet at regular intervals, to ensure the exchange of information and to deal with current topics, e.g. the SafeSKY Initiative.

VC is a member of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Airline Pilots (IFALPA).


01. Feb Etihad Airways Partner Pilots Meeting in Rome

On January 25th the third EAPP meeting was held in Rome, hosted by ANPAC, with the participation of European professional pilots' associations of Etihad Airways Partners.During the meeting several arguments of common interest were discussed with a broad exchange of information about industrial,...  Details

09. Oct Etihad Airways Partner Pilots Meeting

For the second meeting of the Etihad Airways Partner Pilots representatives of the responsible associations met in Vienna on October 6th. The now regular meeting is popular amongst its participants and has a great potential for a highly productive exchange of information.  Details

15. Sep VC’s strike actions and the courts’ interim injunction

At the beginning of September 2015, the board of Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) formally declared negotiations for a new collective labour agreement (CLA) regarding transitional pension schemes to had failed resulting in industrial action. The first strike action on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 was...  Details

07. Sep VC calls for strike measures at Lufthansa

This morning Vereinigung Cockpit (VC, German ALPA) has called for strike measures on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 from 08.00lt until 23.59 lt. It will affect all departures with Lufthansa from Germany with Airbus A380, A330 / 340 and Boeing B747. Furthermore, all departures of Lufthansa Cargo from Germany will be affected.

At the end of July, VC made an offer for an alliance for employment and growth. This offer included vast concessions on a variety of issues, worth over 500 mill. €. However, Lufthansa rejected this offer at the beginning of September. During the past weekend Lufthansa submitted a proposal....  Details

07. Sep Lufthansa rejects VC’s offer for cost reduction

At the beginning of September representatives of Vereinigung Cockpit (VC, German ALPA) met with Lufthansa management, including Lufthansa-CEO Carsten Spohr. Subject of this meeting was VC’s offer for an alliance for employment and growth made at the end of July. In this meeting, Lufthansa rejected...  Details

17. Aug VC offers package deal to Lufthansa

In late July, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has offered a package to Lufthansa management calling for an alliance for employment and growth. In the light of an approaching pilot shortage and out of responsibility for pilot jobs and the economic success of Lufthansa, the deal offered by VC would save...  Details

ECA Cockpit News

Tuesday, 24. May 2016 10:05

ECA joining EU Parliament discussion on drones

While the number of incidents with drones across the world is soaring, European legislators are working on shaping a new regulation on drones. How to ensure safe operations ? What to keep in mind when creating the new rules and laws governing RPAS use in Europe? Our pilots' views on this have been prominent in the debate. The speech below has been delivered by Capt. Thomas Mildenberger, Chairman of the ECA RPAS Working Group, at an EP Hearing in Brussels on 24 May 2016.  read more

Wednesday, 04. May 2016 08:00

European Pilots Join Coalition for Fair Competition in Aviation

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.000 European pilots, is announcing its support for “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC), a coalition, dedicated to restoring a level playing field for European aviation vis-à-vis state-sponsored Gulf carriers. read more

Friday, 22. April 2016 12:32

Runway Surface Conditions Assessment & Reporting

Today’s situation Over a 10-year period, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has received 30 reports of accidents and incidents related to operations on contaminated and slippery runways. Nine of these reports concerned accidents and serious incidents. In the same period AIBN has published 12 investigation reports and issued 36 safety recommendations. ECA’s concerns concur with the AIBN report “Winter operations, Friction Measurements and conditions for friction predictions”, issued in May 2011. read more


Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:45

IFALPA Monthly Update - December 2015

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Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:41

IFALPA Monthly Update - October 2015

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Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:40

IFALPA Monthly Update - September 2015

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