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True to this basic principle, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has been committed to improving aviation safety since 1969.Get information now
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).
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
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
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
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
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
Monday, 15. July 2019 15:03
When 2 – 1 = 0 We all know they’re doing it. Airbus, Boeing, avionics manufacturers and certain airlines – all working away behind closed doors. All trying to work out how to get rid of one of the inconvenient, ‘expensive’ pilots in the cockpit of every airliner. Editorial Jul 15, 2019
Wednesday, 10. July 2019 11:05
Pushing the limits with flawed solutions – flying above the age of 65 Using simulator checks to evaluate pilots’ cognitive skills above the age of 60 is not a good idea. This is what Europe's professional pilots think about a recent recommendation included in a report commissioned by EASA on age limitations for commercial air transport pilots. News article Jul 10, 2019
Wednesday, 10. July 2019 10:28
Only good evidence can be convincing - Keeping EBT’s promises Evidence Based Training (EBT) comes with tempting propositions for everyone in the chain – from the airlines, pilots in training through the aviation authorities. It promises efficiency, safety, more and better training, while reducing the standard checking. But could this concept live up News article Jul 10, 2019