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Pilots' vision on weather

There is a paradox. Few factors affect air operations as much as weather. It can also impact negatively the safe conduct of flights. But the meteorological information available to pilots before and during their flight has not dramatically changed over the last two decades. And this despite the advent of the information society and the requirements for the upcoming Single European sky.

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Monday, 06. June 2016 11:49

'Europeans for Fair Competition' Urges the European Commission to enact the Aviation Package

Luxembourg, 6 June 2016 -- Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) is a coalition of concerned Europeans who have unified across EU member nation boundaries and labor-management lines with the goal of establishing a level playing field with countries that subsidise their airlines in violation of European air service agreements, notably the United Arab Emirates and the State of Qatar. read more

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 14:29

Cockpit News April/May 2016

month:  April year:  2016 Mailchimp url: stories:  ECA joining EU Parliament discussion on drones Good bye, jobs! Runway Surface Conditions Assessment & Reporting The end of the 2-persons-in-cockpit rule in sight Track me if you can

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 09:38

The end of the 2-persons-in-cockpit rule in sight

The 2-persons-in-the-cockpit rule, introduced by many European airlines after the Germanwings crash and based on a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), raised a lot of scepticism. This initial doubt about its effectiveness as a “security” measure quickly evolved to a widely shared criticism by pilots and airlines alike. read more

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 09:32

Track me if you can

Not a week goes by without headlines on drones flying in the surroundings of an airfield, or predicting that drones are a “midair tragedy waiting to happen”.  We might not be far away from those predictions. Yet, a recent event illustrated that sometimes – even if no tragedy has happened – every reckless drone operation could end up draining resources of law enforcement agencies, investigating a possible crime, but with a limited likelihood of success. read more

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 09:29

Good bye, jobs!

When Jean-Claude Juncker and the members of the European Commission took office in Brussels, one of their key objectives was to generate good quality jobs for the many unemployed Europeans. In aviation, an industry with very promising growth rates, this would have been possible. Now, one and a half years into their mandate, after the publication of the EU Aviation Strategy, we feel misled. read more

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

Tuesday, 19. April 2016 09:38

US Department of Transportation and European Commission pave the way for “Flags of Convenience” in Aviation

With its decision to tentatively approve traffic rights for “Norwegian Air International” (NAI) the US Department of Transportation (DoT), together with the European Commission (EC) have opened the door and de facto laid out the welcome mat for “Flags of Convenience” in aviation. The US regulator’s decision has been pending for two years amid greater scrutiny on Norwegian’s employment practices and business model. read more

Monday, 18. April 2016 10:43

IFALPA and ECA strongly condemn publication of CVR transcript in an ongoing investigation interim statement

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) strongly condemn and regret the publication by the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) preliminary transcript recorded during the last 1min 15sec of the West Atlantic AB CRJ-200, ¨Air Sweden 294¨ accident, which occurred on 8th January 2016. read more