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RPG Safety Update

Is safety an appropriate matter of concern for the RPG?

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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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ECA Cockpit News - monatlicher Newsletter

Wednesday, 11. January 2017 17:33

Peer Support in Europe:

Peer Support Programmes (PSP) have proven successful in identifying pilots that need help, treating them and, where possible, bringing them back to the flight deck. read more

Tuesday, 03. January 2017 11:38

Helicopter pilots, have your say

By completing this survey thoughtfully, you will make a significant contribution to the future safety of helicopter operations and make a positive change to the nature of future recurrent training. read more

Monday, 02. January 2017 11:59

Glance at the past, vision for the future

Take a look at the highlights from 2016! 

Friday, 09. December 2016 15:25

ECA statement on EASA Opinion 14/2016

ECA welcomes EASA’s legislative proposal as a comprehensive package of measures aimed at reducing the likelihood that such a tragic event will happen again. read more

Wednesday, 07. December 2016 13:46

Low cost = low safety culture?

Low cost and cargo airlines stand out in European aviation – with significantly lower safety culture and high number of fatigued pilots in the cockpit – compared e.g. to network airlines. These are among the findings revealed in the largest ever independent study among pilots in Europe, carried out by the London School of Economics and Politics (LSE) and EUROCONTROL within the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (Future Sky Safety programme). read more

Monday, 14. November 2016 14:26

Shout out to drone enthusiasts

Monday, 14. November 2016 13:08

Are we training the right people?

What does it take to be an airline pilot? Being a team player might help, also being able to work and take decisions under stress, or covering several tasks at the same time. For sure, it is not enough to simply love flying. An airline pilot needs a lot of skills. And if one of these is missing, s/he will know, sooner rather than later during their career. read more

Monday, 14. November 2016 13:07

Aviation security compromised: Norway fails to do background checks on 3rd country nationals

By allowing third country nationals to work for Norwegian airlines without performing proper background security checks on them Norway is exposing Europe to potential aviation security threats. Rather than an isolated case this widespread practice has been going on for a while. Third country nationals have been provided access to security restricted areas at the airport and aircraft during duty, without Norway having carried out security checks on them. How is that even possible in a country, where aviation is under European regulation? Here are the facts. read more

Monday, 14. November 2016 12:58

Drone operators’ wish list: training, registration, regulation

Mandatory training for drone pilots and registration of every drone pilot – this is what commercial drone operators want. In a survey carried out by the UK drone retailer Heliguy, a large majority of the respondents (69%) consider that training must be compulsory as it “increases awareness and helps new operators to understand not only flying techniques but also the other important factors such as safety, weather patterns, navigation and much read more

Monday, 14. November 2016 11:38

Ryanair metamorphosis? Hardly possible.

Did you believe that Ryanair will go through a metamorphosis – improving customer experience & employee relations, as promised in the “Always Getting Better” Ryanair campaign? If you did, it’s time to pour cold water on your head – at least when it comes to employee relations. The airline just took a step in the opposite direction: putting more pressure on pilots to save money. How? By saving fuel – at all costs. read more