Press Release SNPL/ECA: Before Boeing’s MAX return to service: we need answers and transparency

23 May 2019 - Regulators from across the globe are meeting today in Texas (USA), to discuss a possible return to service of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX. The FAA is currently reviewing Boeing’s proposed ‘software fix’ and is already looking ahead at taking the plane back to the sky. For European pilots, having closely followed the developments and revelations in the past months, it is deeply disturbing that both the FAA and Boeing are considering a return to service, but failing to discuss the many challenging questions prompted by the MAX design philosophy.

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Communiqué de presse / Press Release : Règles AESA sur les limitations de temps de vol des pilotes

5 mars 2019 - Les pilotes européens connaissent des niveaux de fatigue inhabituellement élevés, incompatibles avec un niveau de sécurité de vol acceptable, malgré la récente législation européenne censée y remédier. Tel est le constat d’une nouvelle étude qui révèle les lacunes majeures des limitations de temps de vol (FTL) - c’est-à-dire les règles régissant la durée des vols, des temps de service et des repos des pilotes - pour les vols de nuit et les horaires décalés.

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Communiqué de presse / Press Release : Accord de ciel ouvert UE/Qatar

4 mars 2019 - Après deux ans et demi de négociations, l’Union Européenne et le Qatar ont conclu un accord global sur le transport aérien offrant un accès accru à leurs marchés respectifs. Cette ouverture du marché s'inscrit dans la volonté de l'Union de poursuivre la libéralisation de l'aviation et de conclure davantage d’accords dits « de ciel ouvert » avec des pays tiers. Dans les faits, l’accord n’apparaît pas satisfaisant pour les organisations professionnelles représentant les pilotes de ligne en Europe, réunies au sein de l’European Cockpit Association (ECA), dont nous vous relayons le communiqué de ce jour.

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ECA Press Release: EU Commission finds critical flaws in airline employment practices

Brussels, 1 March 2019 - A long-awaited wake-up call to EU Member States and an Expert Group are the two essential elements of the EU Commission’s new plan to prevent social abuses in aviation. Published today by the Commission, it outlines the ‘Social Agenda’ for air crew, with the aim of achieving ‘socially responsible air transport’ in Europe. Its primary targets are airlines and temporary agencies, some of which are using loopholes and lack of enforcement of EU and national social legislation.

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ECA Press Release: New year, same threats to Ryanair pilots

Brussels, 16 January 2019 - 2018 was a pivotal year for Ryanair and its pilots and cabin crew, engaging in the previously unchartered territory of social dialogue. As negotiations on Collective Labour Agreements (CLAs) continue at varying speeds throughout Europe, Ryanair persists in using threats as a bargaining tool. Within the first three days of 2019, in negotiations with cabin crew unions in Spain, Ryanair threatened closure of two bases in the Canary Islands if the cabin crew did not sign CLAs by the 18 Jan 2019.

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Building pilot unity across borders

April 13, 2018 - The growth of Transnational airlines operating throughout Europe, and further afield, has forced pilots to recognize that they must cooperate and adopt new representation methods in order to address the challenges arising from these new business models.

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Counter-expertise draft report regarding Air France Flight 447: All contributing factors must be considered

January 15, 2018 -  Last week, a draft report was issued as part of the Air France flight 447 court case. This counter-expertise was requested by the judges to challenge the results of the first investigation.  The SNPL F ALPA (the main French Airline Pilot Association) is thoroughly analyzing its content. At first sight, the union deems unacceptable to adhere to the report’s simplistic vision, where the responsibility of this tragic event lies solely with the pilots.

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