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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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Friday, 24. March 2017 13:13

EU Flight Time Limitations Survey - PARTICIPATE NOW!

Aircrew fatigue is a serious safety issue in Europe and beyond. This is why EASA and the EU Commission asked a research consortium to carry out a data-driven scientific study on EU/EASA FTL rules and their effectiveness to combat crew fatigue. This study will be kicked-off by a generic SURVEY – to be filled in by as many Commercial Air Transport pilots as possible. read more

Friday, 24. March 2017 09:09

Time for aviation to embody social Europe

Joint statement by ECA & ETF on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome 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 received its proper political dimension through the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992. read more

Friday, 24. March 2017 08:55

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. While most in the industry consider this as a ‘Black Swan’ event – i.e. too rare and too exceptional to predict and effectively prevent – EU aviation stakeholders, including the European Cockpit Association (ECA), have not spared any effort. read more

Wednesday, 22. March 2017 10:00

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 European Aviation’ studyby the London School of Economics (LSE) and EUROCONTROL. read more

Tuesday, 14. March 2017 11:07

March 2017

month:  March year:  2017 Mailchimp url:  http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b21f6df962bb73af869712ec4&id=dff7e3fcf9 stories:  After the strategy, time for action? European aviation on sale Sky high levels of fatigue: EU celebrates 1st year of EASA FTLs (long read) When in need, call the ‘peers’

Friday, 10. March 2017 11:55

European aviation on sale

The airline industry is different, different from the production halls of the automotive industry and different from the hotel lobbies of the service industry. Our production sites are mobile. You can easily take them up in the air and after several flight hours you reinstall your production in another country or even continent. Sometimes it won’t even take hours. read more

Friday, 10. March 2017 11:15

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 like anxiety, depression and chronic disease. Whether the result of everyday life stress or more serious mental illness, pilots sometimes need help. And help is available: via the multiplying Peer Support Programmes (PSP) across Europe. read more

Friday, 10. March 2017 10:07

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 issues, which – if done right – could solve many of the troubling employment practices in European aviation. Could this be a turning point and allow all these problematic issues change their status from ‘underrated’, ‘not well understood’ or ‘ignored’ to the status of ‘solved’? read more

Friday, 10. March 2017 09:56

Sky high levels of fatigue: EU celebrates 1st year of EASA FTLs (long read)

One year ago – on 18 February 2016 – the new European rules on Flight Time Limitations (FTL) became applicable throughout Europe. With the overarching aim of preventing air crew fatigue from posing a threat to flight safety, two key objectives of these new rules were to achieve a harmonised regulation across Europe, and to improve flight safety standards through a better anticipation and management of fatigue risks at the level of individual airlines. Have these two objectives been achieved? read more

Thursday, 23. February 2017 14:49

Over 550 Norwegian pilots call NAR to recognise 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 over 550 Norwegian pilots, to recognise the Italian pilot union ANPAC immediately.  read more