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Europe’s pilots are united!
First I would like to thank the 37 pilot associations in Europe for electing me as the new President of the European Cockpit Association. It’s a great honour and responsibility for me to take this position and work for the future of Europe’s aviation.
From the beginning of our industry, as we know it today, pilots were involved in finding the right answers for the many different problems in aviation.
Dirk Polloczek


More than 38.000 European pilots are united in 37 associations and under the umbrella of ECA. When joining these associations, pilots do not only look for representation when it comes to negotiating salaries or duty times. No. Pilots do proactively work in their association’s expert groups on improving aviation safety, security and infrastructure. From the beginning of our industry, as we know it today, pilots were involved in finding the right answers for the many different problems in aviation. These solutions – of course – had to be found under a transnational scope, as our industry always was and will be transnational.
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New ECA President
Welcome to our new President!
On behalf of ECA’s Executive Board & staff, we are delighted to announce the election of Captain Dirk Polloczek as the new ECA President. He was elected unanimously at the ECA November General Assembly, in Brussels. He takes over from Nico Voorbach who held the position for the past four years.
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Fatigue Risk Management
Fatigue Risk Management
When it comes to mitigating the risks of pilot fatigue, sticking to Europe’s Flight Time Limitations rules alone is not an option anymore. Instead, Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) is supposed to complement the prescriptive rules and to offer additional protection against fatigue, as explained in an ECA Position Paper.
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‘Fake’, ‘cheap’, ‘unfair’ – the many faces of competition in Europe
Social dumping, fake “self-employed” pilots, pay-2-fly schemes, cheap aircraft and cheaper fuel, and “flags of convenience”: these are some of the many forms of unfair competition in aviation worldwide. While the term “unfair competition” doesn’t need much explanation, the schemes used by some airlines – in Europe and across the world – need to be put in the spotlight and must be stopped before they destroy the industry in Europe.
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ECA General Assembly Highlights
[Storify] On 26-27 November, ECA held its Annual General Assembly in Brussels. ECA's Member Associations joined for this 2-day event, kindly hosted by EUROCONTROL, to discuss the most pressing issues for Europe's pilots. After a successful 4-years term of Nico Voorbach, the ECA Conference elected a new ECA President as well as 2 Board Directors.
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