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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).


09. Mar VC: Ryanair Company Council for negotiations with Irish airline elected

Today, Vereinigung Cockpit concluded the election of its Ryanair Company Council. Together with a VC negotiation expert, this group consisting of five Ryanair pilots, will deal directly with Ryanair management. Their goal will be the introduction of collective labor agreements to improve the...  Details

21. Dec  Warning strike at Ryanair after unsatisfactory negotiations

On Friday, December 22, 2017, from 5:01 am to 8:59 am local time, all pilots directly employed by Ryanair will be called to strike. All flights that are planned by German airports during this period will be affected.

Warning strike at Ryanair after unsatisfactory negotiations This weeks’ negotiations for Ryanair pilots’ in Germany ended without any results. Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) will now be carrying out industrial action at Ryanair for the first time. On Friday, December 22, 2017, from 5:01 am to 8:59 am...  Details

15. Dec Ryanair: Vereinigung Cockpit is ready to negotiate

Today, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has received word from Ryanair that its management is willing to recognize VC as the union representation for Ryanair pilots based in Germany. VC welcomes this first step. “The ball is now in Ryanairs’ court to underscore the seriousness of its proposal. As soon...  Details

12. Dec VC announces strike at Ryanair

The German Pilots Association (VC) has announced in a press conference, that from today on, strike action within Ryanair can be expected at any time. This is intended to assist Ryanair Pilots in their collective bargaining process for fair and transparent working conditions. Ryanair Management...  Details

Pilot Careers fair in Berlin

We will be there!

On September 16th, 2017 the Pilots Careers fair will take place in Berlin, for everybody who is interested in becoming an airline pilot. We, the German Pilots' Association, will be there, too. You are welcome to visit us!  Details

23. Dec Etihad Airways Partner Pilots gather in Rome

On Friday, Dec. 16th the representatives for the Etihad Airways Partner Pilots (EAPP) in Europe convened for the 6th time. The meeting was set in Rome, hosted by the Italian professional pilots’ association ANPAC.

As in the past, all participants enjoyed bringing each other up to speed on what the numerous airline members of the Etihad equity alliance were going through. The continuous consolidation of the Eu-ropean market and its impact on European network and holiday carriers is in a constant state of...  Details

ECA Cockpit News

Monday, 19. March 2018 06:00

Historic step for Ryanair pilots & their unions

Historic step for Ryanair pilots & their unions Ryanair pilots continue to write history – this time with the support and under the coordination of pilot associations from across Europe. A new ambitious protocol, setting up the Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group (RTPG), was adopted unanimously, on 17 March, during an ECA Conference in Press release Mar 19, 2018

Tuesday, 13. March 2018 12:37

Cheap tricks

Cheap tricks In the past years, the industry couldn’t care less about young pilots entering the profession. They were seen as “cash cows” by the training schools, certain airlines and broker agencies. In fact, a whole new industry was born that can churn out many more young pilots than the industry Editorial Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13. March 2018 11:40

Legislation alert: Random testing & Peer Support Programmes by 2020

Legislation alert: Random testing & Peer Support Programmes by 2020 Random alcohol testing of air crews is coming to Europe. The introduction of this new rule – once approved by the European Parliament – will happen no later than 2020. At the end of February, the EU Member States in the so-called ‘EASA Committee' approved a set of rules, including random News article Mar 13, 2018


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IFALPA Monthly Update - December 2015

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IFALPA Monthly Update - October 2015

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