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).


19. Sep Etihad Partner Pilots meet in Brussels to discuss the future of the network

Etihad Airways Partner Pilots Group (EAPP) continues to take stock of the developments at the airlines and is looking forward to intensify cooperation with the airlines. At the latest meeting, hosted by the European Cockpit Association, the pilot group focused in particular on the ongoing processes...  Details

15. Sep New Ryanair Contracts – a step back in time!

After a number of Ryanair pilots‘ homes as well as offices of temporary employment companies were searched by the authorities in recent weeks, Ryanair has now offered new employment contracts to pilots in Germany. A first analysis of these contracts however, has shown that they are not compatible...  Details

13. Aug No further talks between VC and Lufthansa

After exhaustive discussions between Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) and Lufthansa, which at first seemed to be fruitful, VC is now forced to realize that there is no virtue in continuing these discussions.VC is willing to do its part to maintain the competitiveness of the Lufthansa Group. However, if...  Details

09. Jun Fourth "Etihad Airways Partner Pilots" Meeting

On 19th May 2016 SwissALPA hosted the "EAPP Meeting" in Zürich. It was attended by the professional associations representing the pilots of Etihad Airways Partner airlines in Europe and the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The main goal of this initiative is to strive for uniform...  Details

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

ECA Cockpit News

Friday, 07. October 2016 12:56

Cockpit News October 2016

month:  October year:  2016 Mailchimp url: stories:  EU & ASEAN Open skies: Block-to-block negotiations starting! EU-Qatar: First round of air transport agreement negotiations completed European Parliament in offensive against Social Dumping (by airlines!) Just Culture? Yes, we can! There is a need to worry

Friday, 07. October 2016 09:20

There is a need to worry

The Board Members of the European Cockpit Association come from seven different countries, with different languages and different cultural backgrounds. But we have one thing in common: we are all seven active pilots, who fly aircraft all across Europe and the world. Maybe you have already been on board of one of our flights. Of course, we also have families & friends (even if we are not at home very often), and of course we want a bright future for our children and the children of our friends & family. read more

Friday, 07. October 2016 09:11

European Parliament in offensive against Social Dumping (by airlines!)

Everyone seems to understand that there should be little or no place for zero-hour contracts and bogus “self-employment” on board of European aircraft (with some notable airline-CEO-exceptions). This is also the view of the European Parliament (EP), which is toughing up on social dumping. In a newly approved report, the EP is urging the European Commission and Member States tosupport direct employment as a standard and to restrict the use of atypical employment in aviation. 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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