Positions

Mar 31, 2017

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.

Sep 5, 2016

The Signatories of the Statement want to support the effort of the European regulator to produce a robust harmonized EU-wide regulatory safety framework for drones. At the same time, in this Joint Statement, the sector parties A4E, ACI EUROPE, ATCEUC, CANSO, EBAA, ECA, EHA, EHAC, ERAA, ETF, IACA, IAOPA, IATA, IFALPA, IFATCA, and IFATSEA express their serious concern about the safety of manned aircraft in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. [download pdf]

Apr 22, 2016

Today’s situation

Over a 10-year period, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has received 30 reports of accidents and incidents related to operations on contaminated and slippery runways. Nine of these reports concerned accidents and serious incidents. In the same period AIBN has published 12 investigation reports and issued 36 safety recommendations.

ECA’s concerns concur with the AIBN report “Winter operations, Friction Measurements and conditions for friction predictions”, issued in May 2011.

Feb 16, 2016

The tragedy of Germanwings flight 4U9525 triggered a number of initiatives and interim measures within the aviation industry. These measures were not the result of a structured approach to flight safety and security which must have a thorough threat and risk assessment as its foundation. Considering the vast number of flights taking place safely every single day, this accident was clearly an extremely rare event.

Jan 7, 2016

ECA wants the aviation community to be free of drug and alcohol abuse, and does not condone any pilot to fly under the influence of alcohol or any other problematic substance. [1]

Dec 3, 2015

Due to the design of engines in combination with bleed air systems, oil fumes may enter the air-conditioning packs and pollute cabin air. As air flowing through the bleeds is not filtered, cabin air can be contaminated by chemicals from engine and hydraulic oil. This has been recognised by Regulation Authorities, scientists, airlines, occupational doctors, oil manufacturers and crew associations. 

Nov 12, 2015

This ECA Position Paper describes Europe’s professional pilots’ position and pre-requisites for the EU Aviation Strategy and Package that is to be published by the European Commission on 7 December
 

Download the full ECA Position Paper here
Download the European Parliament Resolution on the Aviation Package
Download the EU Commission's Communication on the Aviation Package

Sep 25, 2015

With the globalisation of the industry, ECA considers that there is a need to define when a pilot from a foreign airline or a non-EU national needs a work-permit to enter the EU. We believe that the current process of consultation is an opportunity for us to bring to the attention of the European Commission our views concerning specifically the situation of international air transportation, contributing in that way to the reflection recently launched by the Commission on the EU Blue Card Directive. Since the form published in the Commission’s website did not allow us to adequately express our points of view, we have prepared this paper. However, at the end of this document, some specific answers are given to the questionnaire regarding the points that we considered relevant for our association.

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) is the representative body of European pilots at European Union level. It represents over 38,000 pilots from the National Pilot Associations in 37 European States and it is a recognised social partner in the EU sectoral social dialogue for Civil Aviation.

Aug 5, 2015

Same Threat on both sides of the Atlantic -- ECA fully shares and supports the conclusions of the analysis on the competition impacts stemming from state-sponsored and -subsidised Persian Gulf carriers, as conducted by numerous stakeholders both at EU and U.S. level.
 

Jul 24, 2015

This paper describes the position of Europe’s professional pilots on the standards and rules necessary for the safe use of drones in EASA’s ‘Open’ category. Acknowledging the potential this technology has for innovation and benefit to society, it is absolutely critical that the technology is introduced safely, in particular with regard to existing manned aviation – a future accident involving drones in which people are seriously harmed will do far more damage to the industry’s development than carefully thought out, effective, efficient regulation. The following points summarise this paper.