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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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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, 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

Tuesday, 28. November 2017 13:33

The Intelligence Component of Pilots’ Background Checks

The Intelligence Component of Pilots’ Background Checks European legislation prescribes that flight crew members must periodically have a background check that covers at least criminal records. ECA fully endorses the provisions of EU Regulation 300/2008, Annex 1.2.4 according to which “persons, including flight crew members, should have Nov 28, 2017 The Intelligence Component of Background Checks, ECA Position Paper 2017.pdf

Tuesday, 07. November 2017 15:38

Harnessing globalisation, also in aviation

Harnessing globalisation, also in aviation Stronger & clear rules on the ‘Principal Place of Business’ and the related ‘Place of Establishment’ in aviation are a must, if Europe wants to safeguard its aviation industry. This was one of the key solutions to an ever more prominent problem of increasing globalisation & liberalisation News article Nov 07, 2017

Thursday, 26. October 2017 08:39

Pilots calling for support of colleagues

Pilots calling for support of colleagues Empowering and supporting pilots in their efforts to collectively negotiate is the aim of a new crowdfunding campaign that has just been launched. The #PilotUnity campaign on GoFundMe  (https://www.gofundme.com/pilotunity2017) is expected to attract wide attention and donations from pilots Press release Oct 26, 2017

Tuesday, 24. October 2017 13:24

Different, but still the same

Different, but still the same Drone, airline & helicopter pilots have much more in common than just the same airspace. This was the main conclusion of the first workshop for manned & unmanned aviation pilots, organised by the European Cockpit Association in Brussels on 19 Oct. Under the common theme “One sky fits all”, Press release Oct 24, 2017

Tuesday, 17. October 2017 12:52

Pilot Unity 2017

Pilot Unity 2017 Nobody should be afraid to speak up, be a whistle blower or stick his/her neck out. Yet a handful of European airlines still prefer to intimidate, subtly pressure or completely silence their crews. Management strategies from the union-busting handbook have obstructed pilots from speaking with one voice.

Thursday, 12. October 2017 10:52

Ryanair Captain Imelda Comer Speaks up – please listen to her

Ryanair Captain Imelda Comer Speaks up – please listen to her Today, Ryanair Capt. Imelda Comer speaks up – and we invite you to listen to what she has to say about the company and the aspirations of Ryanair pilots. Imelda Comer took the step to reveal her identity. Not an easy step in an environment where many pilots express their fear to be subject Press release Oct 12, 2017

Wednesday, 27. September 2017 12:46

Fitness Check on EU legal migration legislation

Fitness Check on EU legal migration legislation ECA welcomes the Commission’s Fitness Check exercise and believes that the current process of consultation is a unique opportunity to bring to the attention of DG HOME the European pilots’ views concerning the situation of international air transport. Sep 27, 2017 Fitness check EU migration legislation, ECA contribution 2017.pdf

Monday, 25. September 2017 17:34

Ryanair Pilots Unite – Questionable Employment Model Challenged

Ryanair Pilots Unite – Questionable Employment Model Challenged Ryanair’s cancellation debacle has exposed structural deficiencies in its business and employment model and a deep disconnect between Ryanair management and its pilots. The public has seen Ryanair pilots state they are ready to support their company, but also that pilots are united in Press release Sep 25, 2017

Tuesday, 19. September 2017 09:57

New business models, new safety risks

New business models, new safety risks Pilots welcome new Practical Guide by EASA to mitigate safety hazards of atypical employment & New Business Models Press release Sep 19, 2017

Tuesday, 19. September 2017 09:47

Ireland & EU Flight Safety Rules on Pilot Fatigue

Ireland & EU Flight Safety Rules on Pilot Fatigue In short: EU Flight Time Limitation rules set a mandatory limit of 900 flight hours per calendar year, to prevent cumulative air crew fatigue from endangering flight safety. Press release Sep 19, 2017

Thursday, 14. September 2017 14:13

Ryanair’s Irish fiction refuted by European Court of Justice

Ryanair’s Irish fiction refuted by European Court of Justice European pilots welcome the landmark judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of air crew against Ryanair and its temporary staff agency Crewlink. The decision brings a definitive end to Ryanair’s fiction of considering a Ryanair plane as Irish territory, with Press release Sep 14, 2017

Tuesday, 12. September 2017 11:01

Becoming a pilot: good or bad career choice?

Becoming a pilot: good or bad career choice? Glamorous, challenging, rewarding, inspiring… The job of a commercial airline pilot is often described with an unending string of superlatives. While the pilot profession still continues to be one of the most attractive and challenging jobs, it has certainly lost some of its glory, the job Press release Sep 12, 2017

Monday, 11. September 2017 10:54

Goodbye Etihad & Thank you for the mess!

Goodbye Etihad & Thank you for the mess! Two European airlines, financially connected to a third country investment from the United Arab Emirates are in dire straits: Alitalia & Air Berlin. Both carriers had hoped for salvation some years ago, when the helping hand came with obviously unlimited resources. Editorial Sep 11, 2017

Monday, 11. September 2017 10:39

Small drones, big damage

Small drones, big damage A 10-metre long gas gun shooting drone components into an airliner windscreen. Sounds scary? It is less scary than a real mid-air collision between a drone and a plane or a helicopter. With the prospects of this happening in the future, researchers have geared up to find out exactly how News article Sep 11, 2017

Monday, 11. September 2017 09:27

EU Wet-leasing rules – Opening a Pandora’s Box

EU Wet-leasing rules – Opening a Pandora’s Box The European Commission’s proposal for revision of the EU rules on wet-leasing of aircraft with crew registered in third-countries risks opening Pandora’s box, warns the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC). News article Sep 11, 2017

Wednesday, 16. August 2017 15:35

Do you enjoy your summer travels?

Do you enjoy your summer travels? Summertime means travelling for many Europeans. More & more often, it means getting on board of an airplane and travelling south, where summer is guaranteed and warm air & water temperatures make holidays the best time of the year. Fortunately, these journeys have become much more Editorial Aug 16, 2017

Saturday, 22. July 2017 12:37

Pilots call for urgent action following drone testing results

Pilots call for urgent action following drone testing results Small drones can cause significant damage to aircraft and helicopters even at moderate speed according to a recent study. Registration of drones, technology to allow visibility of drones, adequate training for drone pilots and geo-fencing together with effective enforcement rules are some Press release Jul 22, 2017

Wednesday, 19. July 2017 11:25

Commission commits to create long-awaited social pillar

Commission commits to create long-awaited social pillar The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) met with the Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen for talks on the many and diverse social challenges facing the hundreds of thousands of aviation Press release Jul 19, 2017

Tuesday, 11. July 2017 15:39

When wet-leasing undermines collective rights

When wet-leasing undermines collective rights The European Cockpit Association today voiced its concern about the lease by British Airways (BA) of aircraft and crew from Qatar Airways. The lease is being used by British Airways in order to undermine the lawful collective action of a group of BA flight attendants who are trying to Press release Jul 11, 2017