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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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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

Wednesday, 05. July 2017 16:29

Is Europe giving up on its airline industry?

Is Europe giving up on its airline industry? In the past days the EU has taken decisions that favour third country carriers to the detriment of EU jobs. These cases show that Europe is giving up on one of its key industries. Editorial Jul 05, 2017

Tuesday, 04. July 2017 12:06

Fair in the air

Fair in the air The European Commission is slowly but steadily cracking down on the unfair competition by 3rd country carriers. A new set of rules, proposed in June 2017, aims at ending the suffering of EU airlines caused by years of fierce competition with state-owned, heavily subsidized Gulf carriers. News article Jul 04, 2017

Monday, 03. July 2017 10:30

Getting the fuel equation right

Getting the fuel equation right The tragic accident with a charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team in November 2016 showed the world how important it is to have the fuel calculations right. Less fuel on board of aircraft can save money and time to airlines. Aircraft with less fuel are less heavy and need less News article Jul 03, 2017

Monday, 26. June 2017 09:11

#EUaviation25: your stories

#EUaviation25: your stories If you are on social media, chances are that you will see a post or infographic about the success of the internal EU Aviation Market. Part of a campaign by the EU Commission, you will hear about low ticket prices, increased connectivity & business opportunities. While this is indeed a News article Jun 26, 2017

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