Press Releases

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.

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 10, 2016

– EU Parliament Strengthens EASA Basic Regulation –

Sep 4, 2016

As drones continue to take the world by a storm, key stakeholders are warning that the safety risks of drone operations may be seriously underestimated and deserve urgent attention. A Joint Statement, signed by the entire spectrum of manned aviation stakeholders – from pilots to airlines, helicopter operators to air traffic controllers – calls for “a robust harmonized EU-wide regulatory safety framework”.

Jul 20, 2016

The European Pilots in Europe regret Air Malta’s attempt to breach a fundamental right that is recognized by the EU and the Council of Europe. Air Malta has decided to launch a court application for an injunction to ban the Pilots’ Association recourse to industrial action after a long period of unsuccessful negotiations over working conditions. ECA trusts that Malta’s judicial system will guarantee the fundamental rights and freedoms of trade unions in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law.

May 4, 2016

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.000 European pilots, is announcing its support for “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC), a coalition, dedicated to restoring a level playing field for European aviation vis-à-vis state-sponsored Gulf carriers.

Apr 19, 2016

With its decision to tentatively approve traffic rights for “Norwegian Air International” (NAI) the US Department of Transportation (DoT), together with the European Commission (EC) have opened the door and de facto laid out the welcome mat for “Flags of Convenience” in aviation. The US regulator’s decision has been pending for two years amid greater scrutiny on Norwegian’s employment practices and business model.

Apr 18, 2016

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) strongly condemn and regret the publication by the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) preliminary transcript recorded during the last 1min 15sec of the West Atlantic AB CRJ-200, ¨Air Sweden 294¨ accident, which occurred on 8th January 2016.

Feb 18, 2016

As the new EASA Flight Time Limitations (FTL) rules (EU Reg. 83/2014) come into effect today, the industry shifts to a fully harmonised European set of rules aimed at preventing air crew fatigue from constituting a risk to flight safety. At the same time, as any air operator is obliged to proactively manage the safety risks associated with fatigue, both in the cockpit and the cabin, simple compliance with the new rules will not be sufficient anymore.