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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).

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06. Nov Vereinigung Cockpit e.V. (VC) held press conference in Berlin, supported by SPD and representatives of other pilot associations

Ryanair Base closures and reductions: leadership through scare tactics

With the closure of the bases in Bremen and Eindhoven, and by reducing the base in Weeze, Ryanair management once again holds the gun to the pilots’ heads: either they don’t resist to being transferred or otherwise, they will lose their jobs. VC views this as an obvious attempt to stop strike...  Details

02. Oct Ryanair announces base closures and reductions in Germany

Three days after pilots represented by several European unions – including pilots represented by Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) – conducted strikes at Ryanair, the company announced its intention to close its Bremen base within the next five weeks. Additionally, the company is planning to reduce the size...  Details

19. Sep The Ryanair company council calls upon the Ryanair stockholders to replace the current management

As the representative body for Pilots in Ryanair in Germany, we wish to provide the following statement on behalf of the pilots represented by the company council of Vereinigung Cockpit e.V. "This statement is issued on behalf of pilots in Ryanair – a loyal group of workers who built the...  Details

10. Sep Vereinigung Cockpit calling Ryanair Pilots to Strike

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is calling on Ryanair pilots to take industrial action from Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:01 am to Thursday, September 13, 2018, 2:59 am.

All pilots permanently employed at Ryanair bases in Germany are called to strike. All flights scheduled to depart from German airports during this time will be affected. VC is demanding improvements concerning pay and working conditions for many months now. Up to this day Ryanair management has...  Details

08. Aug Vereinigung Cockpit announces 24-hour strike at Ryanair

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced in a press conference on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 that it will call up its Ryanair members for industrial action on Friday morning for 24 hours. The strike measure will last from 03:01 am on Friday, August 10, 2018 until 02:59 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018....  Details

30. Jul Ryanair Ballot completed – Pilots in favor for industrial action

Invitation to press briefing Wednesday, 8. August 2018

Today, the ballot among Ryanair pilots regarding collective labor agreements remuneration (VTV) and terms and conditions (MTV) ended. An overwhelming majority of 96 % for the MTV and 96 % for the VTV voted in favor for industrial action. Any industrial action will be announced at least 24 hours...  Details

ECA Cockpit News

Tuesday, 06. November 2018 16:19

The best is yet to come …

The best is yet to come … Next year will be an election year: we will elect the new Members of the European Parliament and a new European Commission will be appointed. With the major political parties already in campaigning mode, it’s time to look at the achievements of the current Commission. And also to recall Editorial Nov 06, 2018

Tuesday, 06. November 2018 15:18

Commander’s Discretion – a bet on the future with a high degree of uncertainty

Commander’s Discretion – a bet on the future with a high degree of uncertainty Under the EASA Flight Time Limitations, the maximum flight duty period (FDP) may be extended by up to 2 hours at the Commander’s Discretion ('CD') or even 3 hours if in-flight rest facilities are provided. As explained in a recent ECA “SpotOn” guidance paper, this extension of a regular News article Nov 06, 2018

Tuesday, 06. November 2018 12:36

Anyone can become a pilot …

Anyone can become a pilot … The truth about pilot shortage is far more elaborate than what many in the industry are trying to portray. Factors such as the region, type of operation, experience level of the pilot group need to be considered each time we speak about “the pilot shortage”.  So it’s time we stop talking News article Nov 06, 2018

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