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    Getreu diesem Grundprinzip setzt sich die Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) seit 1969 für die Verbesserung der Sicherheit in der Luftfahrt ein.


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).


08. Jan VC Statement on Ukraine Internatinal Airlines PS752

With great sadness Vereinigung Cockpit received the news of the tragical accident of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 today.Our thoughts are with all relatives and friends of the passengers and crew.As right now there is not enough information about the disaster, we will not participate...  Details

11. Sep VC concludes collective labor agreements (CLAs) with Ryanair

For the first time, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has concluded collective labor agreements (CLAs) with Ryanair. The CLAs concluded are a CLA governing remuneration as well as a framework social plan. Both CLAs will be valid for several years to come.

VC lawyer Tanja Viehl expressed her happiness about the result of negotiations: “our Ryanair Company Council and our members have fought for these CLAs persistently and they will now be submitted to the membership for their approval in a ballot. What was agreed will mean higher basic salaries and...  Details

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

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Wednesday, 19. February 2020 10:29

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Thursday, 06. February 2020 08:11

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Monday, 03. February 2020 14:53

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