Dear colleagues,

we are all stunned by the news from Ukraine. None of us wanted to or could have imagined what has become a sad reality there: a war in the middle of Europe, only a few hours away from us by plane. Its consequences are unforeseeable and are causing horror and uncertainty around the world.

As an international industry, aviation is also affected by the consequences of this war. But our industry, more than almost any other, stands for supporting exchange, cooperation and mutual respect across countries and cultures. Values that each of us values, represents and advocates. In this spirit, we hope for success through diplomatic channels and for a quick resolution of the conflict through talks, as well as a swift end to the hostilities. 

In order to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and to support the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have to leave their homes, each of us can do something: Numerous aid organizations are organizing the delivery of relief supplies or preparing to receive refugees. VC does not have the expertise to become active in this itself. But some of you have already contacted us with ideas for private initiatives and we will try to help you network.

Stefan Herth

Stefan Herth, VC President

Why a work council?

Why should you run for a works council? What is the difference between a works council and staff representation? Why is a works council so important and how does the VC support the establishment of a works council? What are my tasks when I apply and what skills do I need to have? 

First things first: anyone "can" be a works council member. Collective bargaining officer Markus Germann answers your questions on this topic in a recent article in VC Info (in German only).

Members wanted for UAS+ Working Group

Do you ever think about what kind of aircraft we might be flying in 30 years and if there will be home office for pilots then? Are you interested in highly automated or potentially autonomous systems, unmanned aerial vehicles or air cabs? You are not only piloting your airplane or helicopter professionally, but maybe also drones or model airplanes?

Then the UAS+ working group is exactly the right thing for you. We deal with the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and the big plus, i.e. topics like automation or new concepts like drone cabs. In doing so, we are active nationally up to the level of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, provide support at the European level in EASA working groups, and represent the pilot perspective even at ICAO through our global umbrella organization IFALPA.

But we urgently need support! If this interesting topic appeals to you, we would be happy to hear from you. Contact us at

On your marks - get set - meet!?

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Each of us has become accustomed to meetings in a virtual format over the past two years. We've noticed in our work that it's valuable to prepare for the time when face-to-face meetings become more common again.

When we meet now, it's not only important to put on proper pants again, but also to remember that offline communication sometimes follows different rules than virtual ones. In a face-to-face meeting, the camera and microphone can't be turned off, nor can housework be done on the side.

When we now meet live more often, topics such as commitment, attention and respect come into focus again: full concentration on our counterpart, making eye contact, letting people finish what they have to say, actively listening!

With these behaviors, we all support constructive cooperation within our association.

What are your experiences with this topic? Send us an email at

Europe-wide study on working conditions and safety behavior in the cockpit

The Swedish Karolinska Institute is conducting the study "Ramp-up up in the air: Repairing or impairing pilots' working conditions & safety" among pilots across Europe for four weeks from March 9. This will investigate the effects of new business models and corresponding working conditions on the health, fatigue and flight safety of flight crews. One focus is on the problems associated with "atypical employment".

From the ECA and VC perspective, this study is an important opportunity to gather much needed scientific data to support our arguments at national and EU level about the link between safety and social. Therefore, we support the study and call for participation.

Click here to access the survey.

New podcast episode: VC's international work

Leila Belaasri, Johannes Bade, Maria-Pascaline Murtha (left to right)

Aviation is by nature a very international business. International networking to bundle the common interests of all airline pilots is therefore obvious and has been actively promoted by the VC since its founding in 1969.

In the new episode of the VC Podcast, Maria-Pascaline Murtha, VC Executive Director International Relations, and Johannes Bade, International Relations Officer, are Leila Belaasri's guests and talk about the following topics, among others:

  • Why do we need international work at all?
  • How do we cooperate with the umbrella organizations ECA and IFALPA and other international actors?
  • How do we move forward with efforts to decarbonize aviation?
  • What can be done at EU level to counter the "transnational airlines" and their often not very employee-friendly business models?

You can find out all this and much more here in the VC Podcast (in German only).

Rainbow Stripes - We show our colors

Our society is becoming more and more colorful and diverse and fortunately this is also reflected in cockpit crews. There, too, there is a great diversity of individual characteristics, lifestyles or designs and the acceptance, tolerance and appreciation of all people is of great importance to us as Vereinigung Cockpit (VC).

The article "Rainbow Stripes - We show our colors" on the VC Info website explains exactly what the terms diversity and inclusion mean and how we want to shape our dealings with each other in concrete terms.

You can also find the flyer of the Diversity and Social WG here on the VC website.

Airbus Safety First Magazine: Avoiding EGT Overlimit Events

Airbus has received several reports of Engine Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) overlimit events during takeoff, including some that affected both engines. According to Airbus, two of these events resulted in a significant increase in crew workload at low altitudes.

The current Safety First Magazine article discusses adequate attention to EGT span monitoring to detect early engine performance degradation and what to do in the event of an EGT overlimit indication during takeoff. Airbus also provides recommendations for flight operations and crews to avoid EGT overruns.

Read the article "Prevention of EGT Overlimit Events".

News from associations, organizations and authorities


  • GNSS signal interference (whether intentional or unintentional) can occur at any time. With the new Safety Bulletin "GNSS Interference on Aircraft" (PDF) IFALPA wants to make flight crews aware of this potential risk.

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