Since its creation in 1991, ECA's membership has witnessed a steady growth both in numbers and geographical reach - in line with developments in the EU. In May 1998, ECA expanded its membership to pilots from EFTA Countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland), followed in 2004 by Flight Crew unions from the new EU Member States (Czech Republic, Poland, Cyprus) and Turkey, as well as from the Balkan and Baltic Region (Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia, FYROM/Macedonia, Serbia & Montenegro) in 2005.
In 2006, further pilot associations from Bulgaria and Estonia joined as full members, and the Cockpit Personnel Association of Russia joined ECA as its first "associate member". In 2007, the Hungarian pilots' association joined, followed in February 2008 by the Lithuanian and Maltese associations. In November 2008 the associations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ALPAB) and Montenegro (MonALPA) joined as full members. November 2009 saw the addition of the Romanian association as a full member and the Ukranian association as an associate member.
In June 2014, ECA welcomed two associate members from outside the European region with which ECA has been involved in a privileged relationship since a number of years and cooperating on a number of issue areas: Israel ALPA (ISRALPA) and Moroccan ALPA (AMPL). In the coming years, ECA expects further increase in membership within the wider European region.
All ECA Member Associations are also members of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA). This ensures a close coordination of activities, positions and policy statements. Following the signature in 2003 of a cooperation agreement between ECA and IFALPA (which clarified that pilot representation in Europe is the responsibility of ECA – in cooperation with IFALPA), both organisations took their cooperation an important step further, by signing a comprehensive cooperation agreement in 2006. By means of this agreement, and in addition to its role as an autonomous voice of European pilots, ECA takes on the role of IFALPA's "European region", thereby also representing IFALPA in Europe.
Are you a national association of airline pilots?
Join the European Cockpit Association (ECA) today for free and experience what we have to offer.
With our progressive membership fee, your association will get membership for free the first year of joining, and benefit from a 50% discount on the second year.
- The services and expertise of a dedicated team of staff in Brussels & pilot representatives from airline pilot associations defending the interests of European pilots
- Guides and toolkits
- Benchmarking of Terms and Conditions
- Responses to information requests
- ECA’s monthly newsletter Cockpit News
- Access to trusted Loss of Licence providers
- A database of knowledge, including legal, of the airline industry
- Access to ECA Crew Room
- The possibility to influence EASA and aviation policy on the highest level
We hope that your association decides to join ECA and become part of this community. The stronger ECA is, the more we can do for you, for your association, for all European pilots and for the safety of European aviation.
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