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My farewell editorial
It is almost unbelievable how fast 4 years have passed as I am writing today my last editorial as an ECA President. In the past years I had the privilege to work with dedicated staff and volunteer pilots. With my second term coming to an end, I have decided not to stand for re-election at ECA’s next General Assembly in November.
The next ECA President will continue our efforts to find a sustainable solution for a competitive airline industry.
Nico Voorbach

It will be impossible to write about all the issues we worked on, the battles we won and the ones we were less successful in. Maybe, the best known issue is the Flight Time Limitations campaign. FTL is symbolic of our struggle for higher aviation safety levels. Most of you have followed this campaign closely or participated in our battle for safe & science-based FTL rules.
Latest news
New EU Commissioner
Steep learning curve for new Transport Commissioner
The EU has a new Transport Commissioner – her candidacy came as a surprise, her colourful CV – as well. A closer look reveals she might be just what EU’s transport sector needs – outside-the-box thinker who is up for some big challenges.
Safety oversight: Is anybody out there?
ECA alerted the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) about the blatant safety deficiencies of AVIES AS – an Estonian company – and the inability of aviation authorities to perform safety oversight of its remote operations in neighbouring Sweden.
Remote Towers
Remote Towers – big potential but only if safe and secure
Last week, a Swedish airport received the first ever license to control planes through a remote tower at an airport located somewhere else. European pilots recognise that such Remote Tower Services (RTS) will be part of future air operations and can bring potential benefits if – and only if – they guarantee an equivalent or higher level of flight safety, compared to local air traffic control.
Further readings
EASA, Practice what you preach!
‘I don’t like this,’ a 1st officer said moments before the First Air Flight 6560 crashed in 2011[1]. The accident is a prime example of what can happen when communication and Crew Resource Management (CRM) break down in a modern, multicultural cockpit.
Increasing flight predictability? Here’s how
The idea of improving predictability of flights is not new: it could bring many substantial advantages and increase the overall efficiency of the civil aviation system. Not flying at the initial requested flight level, departing at times different from the original estimated, arriving in the sector earlier or later ...
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