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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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Wednesday, 21. June 2017 10:37

Fuel Policy – Safety & Consistency

Fuel Policy – Safety & Consistency ECA emphasizes the need to have and adhere to a safe and consistent fuel policy, which complies with the following recommendations as a minimum. Developments in the regulatory framework and trends in operational practices influence fuel policies. Jun 21, 2017 Fuel policy - safety and consistency, ECA 2017.pdf

Friday, 09. June 2017 13:05

No ban on laptops. End of story?

No ban on laptops. End of story? The US authorities agreed not to expand the ban on bringing laptops into aircraft cabins for flights from Europe to the US. For now. This US decision takes into account Europe’s safety concerns of storing hundreds of devices – including their batteries – in a baggage hold. The severe fire News article Jun 09, 2017

Friday, 09. June 2017 12:56

Fume & smoke events – how to respond?

Fume & smoke events – how to respond? Smoke and fume or smell events – usually referred to as ‘cabin air contamination’ – are regarded as a potential serious threat to air safety, as shown by incident reports, and could pose a threat to the health of the crew and passengers. But while our knowledge of such events grows, thanks News article Jun 09, 2017

Friday, 09. June 2017 11:42

ECA guidelines on smoke & fume/ smell events

ECA guidelines on smoke & fume/ smell events The ECA Task Group on Cabin Air Quality introduces these guidelines with the intention to give each ECA Member Association the opportunity to adapt them to their needs and local procedures and to thereby enhance the flight crews’ reporting of these events. Jun 09, 2017 Guidelines on smoke, fume, smell events, ECA 2017.pdf

Friday, 09. June 2017 11:27

MH 17 – No Lessons learned?

MH 17 – No Lessons learned? On July 17th, 2014 a Malaysia Airlines Boeing B 777-200, bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a ground to air missile over Eastern Ukraine. On the same day, many other airlines used exactly the same routing – and each of them could have been hit by this weapon. Some Editorial Jun 09, 2017

Wednesday, 07. June 2017 09:01

EU Transport Ministers discuss ‘Atypical employment’

EU Transport Ministers discuss ‘Atypical employment’ ECA welcomes the upcoming Transport Ministers’ debate on the “Social dimension of the aviation industry” (08/06/2017), based on a Memorandum from the Netherlands which calls for leadership on tackling problematic employment practices. But discussion alone is not enough.  Press release Jun 07, 2017

Thursday, 18. May 2017 09:01

Exporting EU Aviation Business & Jobs

Exporting EU Aviation Business & Jobs By authorising the EU Commission to negotiate with the US an agreement lifting the EU’s time restrictions on ‘wet-leasing’ for US carriers, the Council of Ministers started a process that risks harming Europe’s aviation business and employment. Press release May 18, 2017

Wednesday, 10. May 2017 13:52

'Unwarranted, unacceptable, counterproductive'

'Unwarranted, unacceptable, counterproductive' Good journalism is a difficult art few seem to master. It means digging out information, discovering correlations, understanding complex issues and being able to explain these to an audience suffering from a chronical information-overload. But it means also withstanding the temptations to Editorial May 10, 2017

Wednesday, 10. May 2017 13:17

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website! Quick, smart, sharable, intuitive: We’re proud to announce the complete redesign of our website www.eurocockpit.be. News article May 10, 2017

Wednesday, 10. May 2017 12:41

Irish aircraft, Irish employee?

Irish aircraft, Irish employee? Ryanair has confidently claimed in the past that working on its Irish registered aircraft makes you an Irish employee, and this even if you’re based in one of its bases across Europe. This claim has been now refuted. News article May 10, 2017

Monday, 08. May 2017 16:28

D4S: EU aviation tapping into Big Data

D4S: EU aviation tapping into Big Data The vast amount of data available today offers a unique opportunity to shift from a largely reactive to a pro-active aviation safety management system in Europe. News article May 08, 2017

Tuesday, 02. May 2017 11:38

Cyber threat to civil aviation

Cyber threat to civil aviation The global aviation system and its critical elements are a potential target for cyber-attacks. ECA has identified that aircraft, ground facilities and other critical infrastructures are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and therefore are at significant risk of unsafe situations that may, May 02, 2017 Cyber threat to civil aviation, ECA 2017.pdf

Friday, 28. April 2017 14:08

EUROCAE and European pilots announce strategic partnership

EUROCAE and European pilots announce strategic partnership EUROCAE & the European Cockpit Association (ECA) mark the start of a closer partnership with the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). On 28 of April 2017 the organisations agreed on reinforced cooperation on the development of industry standards for better & safer aviation Press release Apr 28, 2017

Friday, 21. April 2017 13:59

Effectively Managing Pilot Fatigue

Effectively Managing Pilot Fatigue Flight Time Limitations (FTL) – i.e. the rules governing how long pilots can fly, be on duty and have to rest – are the very basic framework that each and every airline operator must comply with. In Europe, these FTL rules are set at EU-wide level.

Wednesday, 19. April 2017 08:38

“Rescue 116” CVR transcript publication

“Rescue 116” CVR transcript publication Rescue 116 CVR transcript publication is unwarranted, unacceptable, counterproductive to flight safety, and a breach of both ICAO Annex 13 Standards and EU Regulation 996/2010 Press release Apr 19, 2017

Tuesday, 04. April 2017 09:29

“A fuel problem has occurred!”

“A fuel problem has occurred!” 71 passengers & crew lost their life. The final accident investigation report is still in the making. But once it is published – it will be a “must-read” not only by aviation professionals but also by oversight authorities and politicians. Editorial Apr 04, 2017

Monday, 03. April 2017 16:04

Drones onboard – making crews and passengers aware

Drones onboard – making crews and passengers aware ECA's safety experts have put together general guidelines for all drone users on how to safely take your drone on a plane. The below safety recommendations might also be useful for crews to be aware of how to react when they see a passenger embarking with a drone. News article Apr 03, 2017

Friday, 31. March 2017 10:43

Concerns over large PEDs as Checked Baggage

Concerns over large PEDs as Checked Baggage Two states – including the United Kingdom – recently introduced a ban on large Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) in the passenger cabin of aircraft operating on specific routes or from certain countries. This ban will increase significantly the number of such devices (computers, tablets, Mar 31, 2017 Safety, security concerns over large PEDs onboard, ECA 2017.pdf

Wednesday, 29. March 2017 15:31

Aircrew Medical Fitness

Aircrew Medical Fitness After the tragic Germanwings flight 4U9525, in March 2015, aircrew medical fitness has gained significant attention across Europe. While most in the industry consider this a very exceptional and hard-to-predict event, EU aviation stakeholders, including the pilot community, have been looking actively into how to make a ‘Germanwings scenario’ less likely in future.

Tuesday, 28. March 2017 13:16

Reporting Matters!

Reporting Matters! Reporting matters is a not only providing in-depth information on the background and regulatory development of the European occurrence reporting framework but it also helps better grasping what has changed or why this regulatory expansion is a significant step. 

Friday, 24. March 2017 09:09

Time for aviation to embody social Europe

Time for aviation to embody social Europe This year we, as Europeans, will celebrate 60 years of the greatest and most successful peace accord in the world. 60 years ago, the Treaty of Rome was signed laying its foundations, and those of the world’s biggest international single market. The economic integration of 1958 then Press release Mar 24, 2017

Friday, 24. March 2017 08:55

Germanwings tragedy 2 years on: from questions to solutions

Germanwings tragedy 2 years on: from questions to solutions On this sad day, our thoughts are with the families and friends, who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Since 24 March 2015 our pilot community has been relentlessly looking into how to make a ‘Germanwings scenario’ less likely in future.  Press release Mar 24, 2017

Wednesday, 22. March 2017 10:00

How safe is Europe’s ultra-safe aviation industry?

How safe is Europe’s ultra-safe aviation industry? Under this – slightly provocative – question Members of the European Parliament, researchers and pilots gathered today for a breakfast debate in the Parliament. Hosted by MEPs Agnes Jongerius (S&D) and Georges Bach (EPP) – they examined the key findings of the recent ‘Safety Culture in Press release Mar 22, 2017

Friday, 10. March 2017 11:55

European aviation on sale

European aviation on sale The only thing that links your aircraft to a certain country is the registry, the ‘license plate’ of an aircraft.  But to change this ‘plate’ it needs only a bit of colour and – if the European Commission is successful with its plans – some determination by an airline CEO. Editorial Mar 10, 2017

Friday, 10. March 2017 11:15

When in need, call the ‘peers’

When in need, call the ‘peers’ If there is one singular truth about pilots it is that they are just humans: ordinary people, who learn, work, get married or divorced, take care of kids or relatives. Behind the uniform are adult humans who are just as likely as everyone else to experience poor health or suffer things News article Mar 10, 2017

Friday, 10. March 2017 10:07

After the strategy, time for action?

After the strategy, time for action? Remember the European Commission Aviation strategy published in December 2015? The European Parliament just approved a number of “side-notes” to the list of hoped-for improvements, that the Commission had put forward in its Strategy. Notably, the Parliament touches upon some very critical News article Mar 10, 2017

Friday, 10. March 2017 09:56

Sky high levels of fatigue: EU celebrates 1st year of EASA FTLs

Sky high levels of fatigue: EU celebrates 1st year of EASA FTLs The handling of the implementation of EASA’s FTL rules – by operators and national authorities alike – presently allows for an un-orchestrated ‘swamp’ of vastly different interpretations News article Mar 10, 2017

Thursday, 23. February 2017 10:31

Over 550 Norwegian pilots call NAR to recognize ANPAC

Over 550 Norwegian pilots call NAR to recognize ANPAC ECA calls upon Norwegian Air Resources management to listen to the voice of its pilots, as expressed in an online petition - which was signed by more than 550 Norwegian pilots - to recognize the Italian pilot union ANPAC immediately. News article Feb 23, 2017

Monday, 20. February 2017 07:50

EU Pilot fatigue rules miss required effect

EU Pilot fatigue rules miss required effect 18th February 2017 marks exactly one year of European airlines flying under the new EU Flight Time Limitations (FTL) rules – which were introduced to prevent pilot fatigue from endangering flight safety. However, widely differing interpretations of the rules, lack of official guidance on Press release Feb 20, 2017

Tuesday, 07. February 2017 15:40

Kick-starting 2017 with thoughts on what matters

Kick-starting 2017 with thoughts on what matters 2016 was a very safe year in aviation – again. In fact, it was the second safest year in the history of post-war commercial aviation. While this is certainly something we should – collectively as an industry – be proud of, we should not let ourselves be blinded by success.  Instead, we Editorial Feb 07, 2017