Dear Members,

Most of you will have noticed, even if it does not directly affect many of you: Lufthansa is closing its renowned flight school in Bremen, the "Verkehrsfliegerschule", for good.

For us, this is an affront in several respects: From the trade union's point of view, this is quite obviously a case of CLA-evasion, because the training business is to continue, only for the most part in Rostock and without "onerous" collective labour agreements. From the employees' point of view, the news is a slap in the face. After decades of excellent work and training at the very highest level they are simply being fired. And from the perspective of the students, the end of the Verkehrsfliegerschule also means a loss of quality, because the training on Cessna Citation jets is no longer available.

But one thing is and remains certain: in the long term, the members of the VC will not let Lufthansa or any other airline get away with such actions against its own workforce! Eventually, the tide will turn. At the latest when the airlines are again desperately looking for cockpit crews.

PS: Many thanks to an anonymous flight student from Bremen for the (unfortunately) very appropriate header picture of this newsletter and the cockpit picture in the article.

Markus Wahl

VC condemns closure of Lufthansa's flight school in Bremen

We have sent out the following press releases on Lufthansa's decision to completely close its long-established renowned flight school in Bremen (in German):

Further insightful and detailed background information on Lufthansa's CLA-evasion and the situation of student pilots and employees can also be found here (in German):

Flyer - Manging both care duties and work

The flyer "Vereinbarkeit von Pflege und Beruf" (in German) of the WG DAS (Diversity and Social) clarifies the legal situation of employees in case of short- and long-term care of relatives.

Aviation and tourism associations call for EU-wide coordination of Covid measures

14 European aviation and tourism industry associations are calling for comprehensive coordination of all restrictive measures related to COVID-19 within Europe. As a member of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and of Europeans for fair Competition (E4FC), Vereinigung Cockpit joins the demands, which are addressed to the Portuguese EU Council Presidency in a joint open letter.

Key point is a Europe-wide coordination of travel restrictions, quarantine rules, vaccination certificates and testing requirements. In addition, the widespread use of affordable, reliable and rapid testing to ease current travel restrictions is also demanded.

"Right now, hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk," says VC President Markus Wahl. "The EU can counteract this, but it must act vigorously now. A clear and precise package of coordinated measures across Europe can restore public confidence and is the only chance to save the upcoming summer season. If the EU starts to comprehensively coordinate the necessary restrictions to keep them as low as possible, we can revitalize our industry."

More information in the VC press release (in German).

Seminar - Advanced Human Factor Training

As part of the VCNextGen project, Leila Belaasri and Farid Merdaci offer the seminar "Advanced Human Factor Training". The event is free of charge for the participants, the target group are active VC-members, i.e. all those who hold an honorary position in the VC. Should there be a corresponding demand from the general membership, an expansion of the offer is planned in the further course.

The seminar builds on classic CRM training and aims to strengthen intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and create greater awareness of feedback and value culture. To achieve this, the seminar focuses on the individual on the one hand and on team interaction on the other. It is about managing the complexity in today's working world as an individual and in the team by navigating the so-called Human Factor.

The Human Factor is understood to be the human influencing variable, i.e. all cognitive, physical and psychological characteristics that influence human performance. Therefore, the following topics are covered in the seminar: Self-leadership/self-reflection, self-regulation, value awareness, value culture, team development, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, resilience/stress management.


  • Participants: All members with honorary positions in the VC (later presumably to be opened up to all VC members)
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Date: approximately mid-March - assuming existing Corona restrictions are relaxed by then.
  • Group size: 10 - 12 participants
  • Location: VC office, directly at Frankfurt Airport

New information in the "Study" section of the VC website

Colleagues who are interested in postgraduate studies should take a look at the internal section of the VC website and go to "Studium" (Studies) on the "Arbeitsmarkt" (Labour Market) tab.

In addition to inexpensive Bachelor's degree programs that can be studied in shortened form as a pilot, you will now also find a new offer in the Master's degree programs that are subject to tuition fees and that can also be attended without an initial degree.

The accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg, for example, offers a one-year, English-language MBA (Master of Business Administration) for lateral entry into business management positions. This program builds knowledge in the areas of strategy, marketing and finance, and develops key competencies. The MBA is taught in a special class for pilots, which takes into account our professional background. Further information can be found on accadis' website.

Tips for career re-orientation

Our Career Task Force has produced two new documents (in German) that can help with career re-orientation. They are available in the members' area of the VC website under "Arbeitsmarkt" (Labour Market).

In cooperation with the Research Network for Transport Pilot Training (FHP), a two-page information sheet has been produced for HR managers who are unfamiliar with aviation. It provides an easy-to-understand overview of what competencies commercial airline pilots possess. In combination with the additionally available Excel spreadsheet, which contains even more competencies, it can be attached to a job application. With these documents the Occupational Task Force wants to help ensure that colleagues have an increased chance of successfully completing application procedures for non-aviation jobs.

In addition, the task force has worked with internal and external coaches to develop a guide to coaching options for career re-orientation.

© Photocreo Michal Bednarek / Shutterstock

Should nothing go wrong or should everything go well?

What is your basic attitude when flying: Do you want "nothing to go wrong" or do you want "everything to go well"? This question hints at the fundamental difference between Protective Safety and Productive Safety, which Max Scheck, head of the UAS+ WG, analyses in his two articles in VC Info:

COVID-19 and the safety puzzle – find the missing pieces

The pandemic situation is limiting us beyond measure in many areas around the world, especially in aviation. What tends to be overlooked is that it also limits the scope and information of those who manage safety. Wilhelm Stolte, head of the VC Flight Safety department, explains the challenges in his article on the VC Info website (in German).

Loss of transponder signals

EASA has issued a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB 2021-03) warning of transponder failures aboard Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These failures occur without a system warning to the crews and results in the loss of the secondary radar position at ATC. Because civil air traffic control providers increasingly give up the use of primary radar, detection depends upon the safety features of the air traffic control system and the attention of the controller. Once the crew is informed of the problem, switching to the second transponder usually resolves the situation.

However, the basic problem of aircraft position no longer being displayed on the ATC radar in the event of a transponder failure affects all other types of aircraft. Depending on the type, no system warnings appear, only status messages in the cockpit (e.g. also on Boeing 737). Since TCAS does not receive any data without a transponder signal either, members of VC's Air Traffic Services Working Group supported enhanced requirements during the development of the future TCAS successor system "ACAS X". The WG achieved that a visual and acoustic warning must be generated if ACAS X no longer receives transponder data. Approval of the new system is expected from around 2023.

"You Could Hear an Autopilot Announcing its Intention to Land"

In 2020, FAA and EASA both granted the first approvals for Garmin's Emergency Autoland in several types of business aircraft (currently Piper M600, TBM 940 and Cirrus Vision Jet SF50). Other types are in the certification process, so the probability of encountering an aircraft with an active Emergency Autoland is likely to increase in the coming years.

The FAA has now issued a Safety Notice summarizing relevant information on the capabilities and limitations of the system and, in particular, the expected VHF broadcasts.

The Safety Notice can be found on the FAA-Website.

© Garmin

News from Associations, Organisations and Regulators

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  • The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE) has launched its "Clean Air Campaign". It calls on regulators and administrations to mandate the introduction of effective filter and sensor technology. The campaign and its multi-language films can be found here:

Destination 2050

  • ASeveral aviation stakeholders have unveiled a new sustainability initiative: "Destination 2050 - A route to net zero European aviation". Building on the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal, the initiative wants to make all flights within the EU, UK and EFTA net carbon neutral by 2050..

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