Membership

There has never been a better time to join BALPA

Over 75% of Britain's pilots, winchmen and flight engineers belong to BALPA. Our membership is currently more than 10,000 and growing each month.

To qualify for Full Membership you must hold a current professional pilots licence or flight engineers licence issued by the UK or any of the JAA countries, be engaged in British commercial flying and be based in the UK or employed by a UK Company abroad. Alternatively you may be a ground instructor or helicopter winchman employed in British commercial flying.

For Full Members, subscriptions are based on your annual pensionable pay on the date of joining and are revised annually to reflect your salary on 1st January each year.

Below is a summary of membership categories and the benefits they provide:

Full & CC Represented
You meet the above criteria and your Company has BALPA Recognition.

Cost: Pilots & Flight Engineers - 0.5% Year 1, 0.75% Year 2, 1% Year 3 and thereafter.
          Ground Instructors & Winchmen - 0.5% for the duration of membership.
         
Benefits:
  • Legal Advice & Representation
  • Industrial Support
  • Employment issues advice
  • Free initial personal legal advice
  • Access to BALPA Financial Solutions
  • Access to BALPA website and forums
  • Bi-monthly Log Magazine
Full Non Represented
You meet the above criteria but your Company does not have BALPA Recognition.

Cost: Pilots & Flight Engineers - 0.5% Year 1, 0.75% Year 2, 1% Year 3 and thereafter.
          Ground Instructors & Winchmen - 0.5% for the duration

Benefits:
  • Legal Advice & Representation
  • Industrial Support
  • Employment issues advice
  • Free initial personal legal advice
  • Access to BALPA Financial Solutions
  • Access to BALPA website and forums
  • Bi-monthly Log Magazine
Associate Membership
The following are eligible for associate membership:
 
Unemployed/Retired - British-qualified flight crew currently unemployed or retired
Overseas - JAA licence holders working for non-UK companies abroad
Trainee - Actively training to obtain Commercial Pilots Licences

Cost: Subscription is £24 per annum. Trainee subscription is free.

Benefits:
  • Free initial personal legal advice
  • Access to BALPA Financial Solutions
  • Access to BALPA website and forums
  • Bi-monthly Log Magazine