News Archive

Feb 20, 2017

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 correct implementation, immature Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) systems in the airlines, and persistent fatigue problems in Europe’s cockpits are the current state-of-play. Aviation stakeholders are therefore called upon to jointly address these shortcomings.

Feb 7, 2017

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 should set our ambitions high and aim for ever safer aviation. But how do we achieve that?

Feb 7, 2017

In December 2016, exactly 3 years after its initial request, Norwegian Air International (NAI), a Norwegian Air Shuttle Irish-based subsidiary – obtained a Foreign Air Carrier Permit by the US Department of Transportation (US DoT). The decision – although preannounced – hit European and American aviation hard. It signals a new era for aviation: one which allows airlines to shop around for friendly tax-regimes, friendly regulatory regimes & oversight and cheap labor.

Feb 7, 2017

The London School of Economics (LSE) Study – revealing that pilot fatigue is a clear and present concern for European pilots – was one of the most memorable readings in 2016. But there’s much more to that study that remained beyond the headlines – facts and trends about pilots feeling insufficiently trained, lacking trust in national civil aviation authorities, doubting management’s commitment to safety. Such findings are more difficult to be summarised in headlines.

Dec 9, 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.

Dec 7, 2016

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).

Nov 14, 2016

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.

Nov 14, 2016

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.

Nov 14, 2016

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