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Pilots' vision on weather

There is a paradox. Few factors affect air operations as much as weather. It can also impact negatively the safe conduct of flights. But the meteorological information available to pilots before and during their flight has not dramatically changed over the last two decades. And this despite the advent of the information society and the requirements for the upcoming Single European sky.

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Tuesday, 08. May 2018 12:38

The truth behind the Brexit negotiations

The truth behind the Brexit negotiations Since several months the government of the United Kingdom and the European Commission are negotiating Brexit, meaning – for the first time in history – a country using Article 50 and leaving the EU. After the first rounds and rather general debates, we have now entered the phase, where the Editorial May 08, 2018

Tuesday, 08. May 2018 11:21

Weather information for pilots: catching up

Weather information for pilots: catching up Airlines are trying to win over passengers’ hearts with a wide-range of in-flight entertainment, including wi-fi, multimedia and streaming perks. In shrill contrast, behind the cockpit door, multimedia, real-time data & state of the art technologies are still playing catch up. Many pilots News article May 08, 2018

Thursday, 26. April 2018 09:18

Why yet another (atypical) employment survey?

Why yet another (atypical) employment survey? As a pilot, the contrast between the order, structure and coherence of our standard operating procedures sometimes conflicts dramatically with the apparently chaotic way our employment is managed and administered. How can anyone believe that the recent phenomenon of atypical employment of News article Apr 26, 2018

Monday, 16. April 2018 12:12

Pilots align cross-border strategy

Pilots align cross-border strategy The growth of transnational airlines operating throughout Europe, and further afield, has led pilots to recognise that they must cooperate even more closely and adopt new representation methods to address the challenges arising from these new business models. At a meeting hosted by IALPA Press release Apr 16, 2018

Thursday, 12. April 2018 09:45

Pilot community calls for independent review of Irish safety oversight

Pilot community calls for independent review of Irish safety oversight To further improve the safety of SAR operations, and indeed all Irish aviation, IFALPA and ECA urge the Irish Minister for Transport to conduct an independent review into the oversight of such operations. Effective safety oversight is crucial to identify safety risk and prevent such Press release Apr 12, 2018

Friday, 06. April 2018 20:01

Aviation liberalisation 2.0

Aviation liberalisation 2.0 Back in the 90s the European aviation industry was liberalised, coming from a purely national to a “European” system within a relatively short period of time. The passengers were happy about new choices, cheaper air fares & more connections. The aircraft manufacturers sold more of their Editorial Apr 06, 2018

Thursday, 29. March 2018 09:16

Pilot shortage in Europe: Fact or fiction?

Pilot shortage in Europe: Fact or fiction? If you asked any European pilot if there is currently a pilot shortage, most of them would probably laugh. Few pilots in Europe would be willing to agree with media headlines about the ‘looming pilot shortage’. Then how come we are always hearing about the hundreds of thousands of pilots Mar 29, 2018 Pilot Shortage: Fact or fiction, ECA 2018

Monday, 26. March 2018 14:20

Atypical Employment Survey 2.0

Atypical Employment Survey 2.0 In 2015, 1 out of 6 pilots was atypically employed – a worrying trend of airlines substituting directly employed pilots with contractors to reduce costs. This is why the European Commission appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment (ee.ricardo.com) to carry out a study to explore the News article Mar 26, 2018

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

Tuesday, 13. March 2018 10:59

Stronger together

Stronger together Aviation workers sometimes face similar problems and sticking together is their best bet when confronting government or employer. Croatian pilots can speak from experience. In 2013, pilots and cabin crew joined forces for a mid-season strike, effectively forcing their airline to finally News article Mar 13, 2018

Friday, 09. March 2018 15:18

The female voice of pilots

The female voice of pilots We interviewed 4 female pilots who not only chose to become part of the modest “5% of female pilots” in Europe but shattered stereotypes, redefined roles and became the voice of pilots. All 4 of them are active pilot union representatives who dedicate much of their ‘personal’ time to News article Mar 09, 2018

Monday, 05. March 2018 09:43

"NO" to the massive firing of Colombian pilots

"NO" to the massive firing of Colombian pilots The company's goal with its exemplary and disproportionate sanctions is to intimidate the pilot community and thereby prevent any future attempts to defend labour rights. Disciplinary proceedings and dismissals constitute a serious violation of the fundamental rights of Colombian pilots to Press release Mar 05, 2018

Monday, 05. March 2018 09:33

NO AL DESPIDO MASIVO DE PILOTOS EN COLOMBIA

NO AL DESPIDO MASIVO DE PILOTOS EN COLOMBIA La Asociación Europea de Pilotos (ECA en sus siglas en inglés) – que representa 38.000 pilotos en 37 países europeos- condena firmemente el despido masivo de pilotos y la apertura de expedientes disciplinarios contra los pilotos de la Asociación Colombiana de Aviadores Civiles “ACDAC”) Press release Mar 05, 2018

Thursday, 01. March 2018 11:29

Two pilots lost their job. Your support = their safety net!

Two pilots lost their job. Your support = their safety net! What was feared – and anticipated by many of you – has happened. Two pilots who invested significant efforts in organising and uniting the pilot community lost their jobs and income. After a thorough assessment, the ECA Board authorised the use of the #PIlotUnity fund  to support your News article Mar 01, 2018

Thursday, 22. February 2018 09:50

Good to talk

Good to talk Ryanair’s sudden U-turn and willingness to talk to unions dazzled the industry. Amid all the media-hype that followed, one real success story of employee relations and transnational collective bargaining remained out of the spotlight. easyJet and its pilots – under the easyJet Pilot Group News article Feb 22, 2018

Thursday, 22. February 2018 09:28

The underestimated importance of trust

The underestimated importance of trust Modern management keeps instructing employees that efficiency and productivity are the most important factors of successful companies today. The number of employees needs to fit exactly the amount of work that must be covered. And these employees need to be always aware of a responsible Editorial Feb 22, 2018

Thursday, 15. February 2018 16:04

Peer Support: Managing the expectations

Peer Support: Managing the expectations With the provisions of EASA ‘Rule Making Task.0700’(RMT.0700) about to find their way into EU legislation sometime this year, operators, regulators and other stakeholders will face a number of challenges, especially when it comes to proper implementation of the provisions related to pilot News article Feb 15, 2018

Friday, 12. January 2018 14:56

Ryanair Pilots Convene

Ryanair Pilots Convene Yesterday, on 11 Jan. 2018, numerous Ryanair pilot Company Council members, supported by their ECA Member Association officials as well as EERC members, met in Brussels at ECA HQ to discuss developments since Ryanair’s public announcement that it would recognise pilot unions and engage in Press release Jan 12, 2018

Friday, 12. January 2018 14:27

Have you read the news?

Have you read the news? At the end of a year we see a lot of annual reviews and statistics appearing in newspapers and on the Internet, all looking back on the past 365 days. Most of them are not that breathtaking or surprising, but some do catch our attention. For me as a pilot, one of these was sticking out: Editorial Jan 12, 2018

Friday, 12. January 2018 13:50

Everybody loves Ireland

Everybody loves Ireland “Control the costs”- The Scandinavian airline SAS was quick to offer public justification already in January 2017 as to why it would be setting up a subsidiary in Ireland. Less than a year later, the first flights under the Irish registration are already a reality. With this the company News article Jan 12, 2018

Friday, 12. January 2018 13:16

Prevention & Prosecution of Unruly Passengers

Prevention & Prosecution of Unruly Passengers ECA notes the ever-increasing number and degree of severity of incidents involving unruly passengers on board aircraft worldwide. Against this, the reaction of the authorities seems lukewarm. In many cases, although unruly passengers had already shown distinctive or deviant behaviour Jan 12, 2018 Prevention, Prosecution of Unruly Passengers, 2017 ECA.pdf

Friday, 12. January 2018 12:45

Keeping trouble(-makers) on the ground

Keeping trouble(-makers) on the ground Trouble-makers, disruptive or drunk passengers should not be allowed boarding aircraft, as a precautionary measure. And if they are allowed – and cause any incidents –  crews need to be able to face them off knowing there are clear rules, procedures and legal framework to rely on. But News article Jan 12, 2018

Friday, 12. January 2018 12:33

EU reaches a long-awaited deal on drone rules

EU reaches a long-awaited deal on drone rules Drones that can transfer more than 80 Joules of kinetic energy in case of impact will require mandatory registration and will have to be individually marked for identification, under the new EU-wide EASA Regulation Jan 12, 2018

Friday, 22. December 2017 10:25

Expensive loss for Ryanair, priceless win for pilots

Expensive loss for Ryanair, priceless win for pilots After a 7-week’ long, expensive defamation case before the Irish High Court, a verdict in favour of Capt Evert van Zwol, John Goss and Ted Murphy, brings much needed relief to them, their families and the pilot community. They have successfully demonstrated during the process, that the Press release Dec 22, 2017

Thursday, 07. December 2017 15:19

Preventing Runway Incursions 3.0

Preventing Runway Incursions 3.0 The number of runway incursions affecting European and global airports remains a significant safety concern, and this despite several initiatives launched over the past 10 years. Version 3.0 of European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI v3.0), unveiled in November News article Dec 07, 2017

Thursday, 07. December 2017 14:43

Number 7 – Ryanair pilots’ story doesn’t end here

Number 7 – Ryanair pilots’ story doesn’t end here Failure is a word that no-one likes to hear. Especially not if it applies to a major European airline. But it is the word that perhaps best describes the relations between Ryanair management and its pilots right now. Management fails to honor its commitment to “talk” to its own pilots, News article Dec 07, 2017

Thursday, 07. December 2017 14:34

Pilot Unity at its best!

Pilot Unity at its best! Reinvigorating pilot unity and overwhelming support for colleagues in Ryanair are the highlights of the past weeks at ECA. Our friends from the other side of the North Atlantic came over to Ireland and the UK, just to show that Pilot Unity doesn’t stop at the borders. At the same time, Editorial Dec 07, 2017

Friday, 01. December 2017 11:47

We are hiring!

We are hiring! If you are organised and resourceful; if you write in English as a native and are an excellent minute taker; if you know how to tell a good story via Social Media, presentation or with a picture; if you are a geek and computers are your friends; if you are capable to receive tasks from News article Dec 01, 2017