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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, 28. April 2017 10:59

EUROCAE & 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. read more

Wednesday, 19. April 2017 08:38

“Rescue 116” CVR transcript publication is unnecessary and harmful, says pilot community

Last Friday, the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) published the last two minutes of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) transcript of a fatal helicopter accident (CHC Sikorsky S-92 "Rescue 116"), which occurred at Black Rock, on the west coast of Ireland, on the 14th of March 2017. read more

Tuesday, 04. April 2017 14:11

Cockpit News April 2017

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Tuesday, 04. April 2017 09:29

“A fuel problem has occurred!”

On November 28th 2016 an aircraft of the Bolivian airline “LaMia” crashed into the hills near the Colombian city Medellin – 71 of the 77 people on board lost their lives. Very soon after the crash, an incredible suspicion concerning the reasons for this accident came to life: has the aircraft crashed because it ran out of fuel? read more

Monday, 03. April 2017 16:04

Drones onboard – making crews and passengers aware

When switched off and transported by passengers on a plane, drones are considered Personal Electronic Devices (PED) – such as phones, laptops, cameras, etc.– due to the fact that they are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These devices present a potential flight threat because of the amount of heat and energy this kind of batteries may release in the event of a short-circuit, shock or thermal event. Incidents linked to lithium batteries shipped on board commercial aircraft are not so rare. read more

Friday, 31. March 2017 10:43

Safety & Security Concerns over large Personal Electronic Devices 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, cameras, etc.) – which usually are powered by lithium batteries – to be placed in checked baggage. Airlines may collect these devices, just before boarding, and carry them in the hold as a single package. read more

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