How to avoid a drone collision – guidance issued to pilots and air traffic control

Tuesday 22 May 2018

In response to the rise in drone near-misses, UK pilot and air traffic control bodies have worked together to create guidance in avoiding collision.

BALPA helps pilots take their next career step

Monday 14 May 2018

Over 400 pilots are expected to attend Flight Crew Futures on Wednesday, where BALPA will be giving expert advice to pilots who are looking for work or considering a career move. 

New measures to tackle the misuse of lasers gain Royal Assent

Thursday 10 May 2018

Following BALPA's ongoing campaign to tackle laser misuse, we have today received welcome news that the new Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act has been given Royal Assent.

This means the new laws will come into force and give police more powers to catch those who shine lasers at aircraft and tougher punishments for those caught. 

BALPA and CAE Crewing Services sign recognition agreement

Tuesday 10 April 2018

BALPA has secured a recognition agreement with CAE Crewing Services to provide representation to the company’s UK SAS pilots. 

BALPA launches a bid to host a major pilot conference in Manchester

Friday 16 March 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today launched its bid to host an international conference for the world’s pilots in Manchester in 2021.

Pilots’ association says gender shouldn’t be a barrier to becoming a pilot

Thursday 08 March 2018

The UK pilots’ association has said that the only thing that should matter for wannabe pilots is ability, not gender, background or financial situation. 

BALPA response to Ryanair announcement on Glasgow base closure

Tuesday 27 February 2018

BALPA has called for reassurances from Ryanair that all Glasgow based pilots will receive preferential access to relocate when their base closes later this year. 

BALPA signs union recognition agreement with Ryanair

Tuesday 30 January 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) and Ryanair have concluded and signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement.

Only one in ten pilots think Brexit will be positive for UK aviation

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The UK pilots’ association has revealed that a recent member survey has shown that only one in ten pilots think Brexit will have a positive impact on the UK aviation industry.

BALPA welcomes CAA’s move on ‘nonsensical’ HIV medical rules

Thursday 18 January 2018

BALPA has welcomed the announcement from the CAA that it will issue initial Class 1 Medical certificates to applicants with HIV, who want to become a commercial pilot. 

We must protect aviation safety culture, say pilots on crash anniversary

Wednesday 17 January 2018

10 years after British pilots averted a major catastrophe when their aircraft lost all engine power on its approach to Heathrow, pilots are highlighting the importance of thorough crash investigation.

Pilots welcome more good news on lasers from Government

Monday 08 January 2018

Tougher restrictions on the importation of high-powered laser pointers has been welcomed by the UK pilots’ association.

Pilots respond positively to 2017 air safety statistics

Wednesday 03 January 2018

Pilots have welcomed reports that 2017 was the safest year in history for commercial airlines and say they will continue to do all they can to ensure flight safety.  

Beware of poorly packed presents, say pilots

Thursday 21 December 2017

Pilots are reminding Christmas passengers to pack their presents with care to prevent dangerous lithium battery fires.

Pilots welcome new Bill addressing dangerous laser attacks on aircraft

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Tougher new laws are to be introduced to target those who use laser pens to attack transport operators, a move which has been welcomed by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

BALPA accepts Ryanair offer to discuss recognition

Friday 15 December 2017

BALPA has today written to Ryanair to accept their offer to discuss recognising BALPA as the representative union for all their UK-based pilots. 

Pilot medical rules on HIV and other conditions should be reviewed

Wednesday 13 December 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has called for a full review into medical restrictions for pilots, calling current limitations ‘outdated’.

Pilots repeat concerns following European Commission announcement that EU flights could cease to operate from UK

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The statement from the EU commission on the ability for UK flights to operate in Europe should no deal be reached is cause for great concern, says the UK pilots’ association.

Croydon tram crash demonstrates dangers of fatigue across transport industry

Thursday 07 December 2017

Final report on the 2016 Croydon tram crash serves as ‘a stark warning’ to the danger fatigue poses in transport.

BALPA welcomes more clarity on post-Brexit aviation regulation

Friday 01 December 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has cautiously welcomed reports that the Government intends the UK to remain under European safety standards post-Brexit.

BALPA welcomes AirTanker to the pilot family

Tuesday 28 November 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has welcomed recognition in AirTanker, bringing union representation to the pilots in the company. 

BALPA response to Government announcement on drones

Sunday 26 November 2017

BALPA is pleased the concerns of pilots about the risks of collisions with drones are being heeded at last. 

Monarch pilots raise questions about lost pay in reaction to Budget

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Following Philip Hammond’s Budget announcement of a review of airline insolvency arrangements to protect the public, pilots have raised concerns the proposals do not appear to include staff. 

BALPA response to Flybe emergency landing in Belfast

Friday 10 November 2017

A Flybe plane had to make an emergency landing this afternoon (Friday 10th November) at Belfast International Airport after a problem with the nose gear.

Monarch Airlines owners and Government urged to prioritise paying sacked staff what they are owed

Monday 30 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has today written to the Government and Greybull Capital, owners of Monarch Airlines that went into administration on 2nd October, to encourage the company to prioritise paying staff the money they are owed. 

Pilots' union calls on Monarch Airlines owners and Government to pay staff

Monday 30 October 2017

Pilots’ union calls on Monarch Airlines owners and Government to pay sacked staff what they are owed

BALPA consults Ryanair pilots about industrial action and legal challenges to agency employment

Thursday 26 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) representing over 10,000 pilots in the UK has launched a survey among Ryanair pilots in response to growing dissatisfaction with the company. 

Pilots' union welcomes further progress on Heathrow expansion

Tuesday 24 October 2017

BALPA has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it is outlining the next steps in the expansion of Heathrow. 

Pilots call for investigation in to aircraft air filters

Tuesday 17 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association is calling for regulators to ensure the development of effective cabin air filters onboard aircraft. 

UK pilots' association helping Monarch pilots find work

Monday 16 October 2017

BALPA has negotiated new job opportunities for former Monarch pilots, with 30 companies coming forward with over 100 opportunities.

BALPA says a Brexit ‘no deal’ would spell disaster for UK aviation

Tuesday 10 October 2017

BALPA comment on suggestions by the Prime Minister that a Brexit ‘no deal’ was now an option,

New agreement paves way for union recognition in a new UK SAS base

Tuesday 10 October 2017

CAE, BALPA and Unite the Union have jointly signed an agreement paving the way for union recognition in a new UK SAS base.

Pilots union calls for an investigation into the collapse of Monarch Airlines

Monday 09 October 2017

BALPA is calling on the government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the demise of Monarch Airlines and the role of the company’s former financial backers, the Mantegazza family and Greybull Capital. 

Reacting to the news Bristow Helicopters is to make 12 pilots redundant

Monday 09 October 2017

BALPA reaction to the news Bristow Helicopters is to make 12 pilots redundant

Ryanair letter to pilots shows O’Leary still doesn't get it

Friday 06 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has responded to a letter dated 5th October, sent by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary to all his pilots.

Strikes called off as pilots and Thomas Cook agree on arbitration deal

Thursday 05 October 2017

Thomas Cook and BALPA have agreed to enter binding arbitration to end the dispute between the company and its pilots over pay. 

Act now to prevent drone disaster, warn pilots after U.S helicopter collision

Thursday 05 October 2017

BALPA responds to reports of U.S helicopter collision with drone

'No' to arbitration vote could see more Thomas Cook pilot strikes go ahead

Wednesday 04 October 2017

The pilot vote on whether to take the dispute between Thomas Cook and its pilots to arbitration closes today.

Monarch staff given premium rate number to hear redundancy news

Wednesday 04 October 2017

BALPA has announced its intention to seek compensation on behalf of its members for the ‘shabby’ treatment of staff since the announcement of the company’s insolvency.

Pilots devastated over Monarch insolvency

Monday 02 October 2017

The announcement that Monarch Airlines has entered administration is devastating news for pilots. BALPA, which represents Monarch pilots, will be doing everything we can to support our members through this extremely difficult time.

BALPA consulting members on way forward in Thomas Cook

Wednesday 27 September 2017

BALPA statement: BALPA consulting members on way forward in Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook pilots’ union confirms strike tomorrow will go ahead following unsuccessful ACAS talks

Friday 22 September 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has confirmed that despite lengthy talks with Thomas Cook Airlines via ACAS, an agreement is yet to be reached and therefore Saturday’s strike action will go ahead.

Ryanair wrong over pilot fatigue

Thursday 21 September 2017

Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair, today said that pilot fatigue as a result of flying in short-haul operations does not exist, and that pilots fly a maximum of 18 hours a week. On both points we believe he is wrong.

Encourage pilots to stay at Ryanair by making it a ‘career airline’ say UK pilots

Wednesday 20 September 2017

The UK pilots’ association has urged Ryanair to do more to encourage pilots to stay with the airline, following news of its pilot holiday chaos. 

New website helps potential pilots navigate career pitfalls

Wednesday 13 September 2017

BALPA welcomes a new website that aims to help aspiring pilots navigate the pitfalls of entering the career.

Government must scrap dangerous ‘light touch’ regulation, say pilots at TUC

Monday 11 September 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has raised concerns that the Governments movement towards ‘light touch’ regulation is inherently unsafe and puts public and employees at risk.

Thomas Cook strike goes ahead

Friday 08 September 2017

Thomas Cook pilots went on strike at 0300hrs on Friday 8th September, over year-on-year, real-terms pay cuts, cuts to terms and conditions and frustration with the company’s intransigent stance during negotiation. It is the first strike by British pilots in more than 40 years. 
 

Pilots' union in Thomas Cook dispute confirms ACAS talks and further strike dates

Friday 08 September 2017

Pilots at Thomas Cook stood firm during the first UK pilots’ strike in over 40 years today. BALPA has now announced five days of ACAS talks and three new strike dates should those talks fail. 

Pilots disappointed as BA seeks to pull plug on final salary pension scheme

Thursday 07 September 2017

British Airways pilots say they’re bitterly disappointed by the airline’s proposal to close the final salary pension scheme (New Airways Pension Scheme) to future accrual.
 

Thomas Cook pilot strike to go ahead as High Court challenge fails

Wednesday 06 September 2017

BALPA has successfully defended in the High Court the right of Thomas Cook pilots to take strike action, which is due begin at 0300 on Friday 8th September.

NHS care pathway to improve treatment of pilots and crew

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Pilots have welcomed a new NHS care pathway, which has been established to guide doctors on how to help pilots and crew who present with symptoms following ‘fume events’.  

Thomas Cook pilots plan to take strike action on 8th September in pay dispute

Monday 21 August 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today authorised a strike in Thomas Cook Airlines following a ballot in which 91% of pilots voted to take action in a dispute over their 2017 pay negotiations. 

Pilots’ association warns of training cost barrier to aspiring pilots from less advantaged backgrounds

Wednesday 16 August 2017

As students across the country open their A-level results, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is calling for the airline industry to ensure pilot selection is open to all and that those from less advantaged backgrounds are not put off.

Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

Saturday 12 August 2017

BALPA welcomes the Government's call for evidence in an effort to crack down on lasers. 

Summer schedules pushing pilots to the limits

Tuesday 01 August 2017

As pilots continue to ensure passengers get to their destinations during the record breaking busy summer season, BALPA is highlighting how demanding schedules are pushing the system to the limits.

Act now on proven drone collision threat say pilots

Saturday 22 July 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has responded to the publication on Saturday morning of the independent test results of drone collisions with aircraft.

Pilots express frustration at yet more delay to airport expansion plan

Thursday 13 July 2017

BALPA has expressed disappointment at the news the next stage in delivering a new runway in the South East has once again been delayed. 

Pilots say more must be done before drone causes aircraft disaster, following incident at Gatwick

Sunday 02 July 2017

Pilots say more must be done before drone causes aircraft disaster, following incident at Gatwick

Government drops new laws on dangerous laser pens – pilots say it’s infuriating and dangerous

Thursday 22 June 2017

Despite “dangerously high” figures on laser attacks on aircraft, the new Government has dropped plans to introduce tougher laws, a move which the UK pilots’ association says is “infuriating and dangerous”.

Pilots renew calls for swift decisions to protect UK aviation industry

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Pilots say politicians need to take urgent measures to ensure the UK aviation is able to compete with its rivals globally.  The calls for politicians to step up decision making come as we approach the anniversary of the UK voting to leave the European Union. 

Pilots urge Prime Minister to act swiftly to secure future of aviation

Tuesday 13 June 2017

UK pilots say now the election is over politicians must turn their attention to urgent decisions on issues which effect UK aviation.

British pilots urge EU transport ministers to stop the abuse of atypical aircrew employment

Wednesday 07 June 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association welcomes the upcoming EU Transport Ministers’ debate on the “Social dimension of the aviation industry” (08/06/2017) which will look at tackling problematic employment practices. 

Pilots call for careful assessment of laptop ban to US

Monday 15 May 2017

Proposed new US rules restricting personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board aircraft between Europe and the US may have a dangerous knock-on effect for other flight safety issues, the UK pilots’ association is warning.

Deregulation in European labour markets has led to rise in insecure work in aviation

Wednesday 10 May 2017

A study from the TUC into international trends in insecure work shows an increase in casual, zero-hours and agency contracts is on the rise in most European countries. 

Stigma around pilot mental health could push problem underground

Monday 08 May 2017

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) pilots have spoken out on proposed new rules that could increase stigma around mental health in the sector.

On World Pilots’ Day, UK pilots’ association says pilots do a great job but would not necessarily recommend it

Wednesday 26 April 2017

As pilots around the globe mark World Pilots’ Day today (26th April), the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is highlighting the hard work and dedication of pilots facing the challenges of modern-day aviation.  

Statement on coastguard helicopter crash

Tuesday 14 March 2017

BALPA’s reaction statement to the coastguard helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland.

Pilots renew call for improved tracking on all aircraft on MH370 three-year anniversary

Wednesday 08 March 2017

Today marks the three-year anniversary of one of the most high-profile aviation mysteries of all time – the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 

Data from 2016 shows laser incidents still dangerously high, say pilots

Monday 27 February 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) says the number of laser attacks is still ‘dangerously high’ after the release of the total incidents reported last year.   

Exhausting European flight rules could lead to a pilot burnout crisis

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Airlines are not doing enough to address fatiguing rosters and this will lead to many UK pilots suffering ‘burnout’ according to flight safety experts at the British Airline Pilots’ Association

Airport passenger growth great news but decisions on expansion and Brexit are vital

Wednesday 15 February 2017

BALPA has praised the dedicated people working in the aviation industry, who they say are to thank for an increase in the growth in the number of passengers in 2016.

BALPA says put aviation’s dedicated people at the heart of new strategy

Thursday 02 February 2017

BALPA statement in response to the Government announcement that it is preparing a new UK aviation strategy

Pilots welcome victory against Jet2 in landmark legal case

Wednesday 18 January 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has won an important case in the Court of Appeal on trade union rights against the Leeds-based airline, Jet2.

BALPA statement in response to suspension of MH370 search

Tuesday 17 January 2017

BALPA statement in response to the suspension of the MH370 search.

How do planes operate in bad weather? A pilot explains

Thursday 12 January 2017

How does a plane land in snow? What problems can heavy wind cause? How does a pilot land when thick fog reduces visibility? A pilot gives some insight into how poor weather affects flights.

Get S92 checked and back in the skies quickly, says BALPA

Tuesday 10 January 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has supported the decision to undertake immediate safety checks on S92 helicopters following an incident last month, but has urged the checks to be done as thoroughly and quickly as possible.

Pilots warn of further drone near-misses after reports more than double in 2016

Friday 06 January 2017

Pilots have cautioned that 2017 could see even more close calls involving drones and aircraft – or perhaps even a collision – as figures show reports increased by more than double on the previous year.

Pilots back proposed drones consultation

Wednesday 21 December 2016

A consultation on drone safety was announced today by the Department for Transport and the move has been welcomed by pilots.

Pilots welcome Scottish air passenger duty cut but say 'rest of UK must follow'

Friday 16 December 2016

The announcement from the Scottish government committing to halving air passenger duty by 2021 is seen as a welcome move to pilots.

BALPA says pilots are generally healthy and well-balanced

Thursday 15 December 2016

The British Airline Pilots’ Association, which represents almost 10,000 UK pilots, has responded to a survey of airline pilots released today.

Airline pilot wins major legal victory on fatigue

Tuesday 13 December 2016

An airline captain and member of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has accepted an apology from an airline after being sanctioned for refusing to fly due to fatigue.

London School of Economics survey reveals pilots feel fatigue ‘not taken seriously’ by airlines

Wednesday 07 December 2016

A study of 7,200 pilots across Europe on safety culture, the largest ever conducted, has shown more than half of pilots lack confidence in the safety culture within their airline.

Pilots disappointed at delay on air passenger duty decision

Thursday 24 November 2016

Pilots have expressed disappointment that any government decision on scrapping air passenger duty has been pushed until after Britain’s exit from the EU.

Pilots call on government to remove ‘unfair’ air passenger duty

Friday 18 November 2016

Pilots have joined MPs in urging the government to do away with air passenger duty in next week’s Autumn Statement.

How dangerous are birdstrikes? A pilot explains

Thursday 17 November 2016

A British pilot explains just how dangerous a bird strike might be to an aircraft.

Statement on reported drone near miss

Thursday 17 November 2016

A statement from BALPA on a reported drone near miss incident

BALPA statement on lasers

Tuesday 15 November 2016

A statement from the British Airline Pilots’ Association in response to the story on an air ambulance being targeted in a laser attack

UK pilots welcome EU drones regulation

Monday 14 November 2016

Pilots have welcomed the announcement of an update to EU civil aviation safety rules to address the emerging risks of drones.

easyJet pilots vote to accept company offer on pilot fatigue issue

Tuesday 01 November 2016

easyJet pilots have voted by 68% to 32% to accept the latest proposal put forward by the company, therefore bringing to an end the potential for industrial action.

Statement from BALPA on the departure of Flybe CEO

Wednesday 26 October 2016

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, gave a statement on today's announcement that Flybe CEO Saad Hammad will be leaving the airline. 
 

Pilots welcome Heathrow expansion decision

Tuesday 25 October 2016

UK pilots have welcomed the Government’s “long overdue” indication of its preference to expand Heathrow.

Statement from BALPA on the delay to Heathrow expansion decision

Wednesday 19 October 2016

BALPA's General Secretary, Brian Strutton, responded to the announcement of further delays to the decision on expansion at Heathrow.

Monarch investment signals bright future ahead

Wednesday 12 October 2016

BALPA welcomes the announcement of significant investment in Monarch by its shareholders and the renewal of its ATOL licence by the CAA. 

easyJet pilots industrial action suspended

Friday 23 September 2016

easyJet and BALPA have today discussed a set of proposals to mitigate pilot fatigue which will be put to pilots in a consultative ballot.

easyJet pilots vote for industrial action, but will consider new company offer

Wednesday 21 September 2016

BALPA members in easyJet have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute over pilot fatigue.

Pilots call for greater safety in the skies at TUC

Wednesday 14 September 2016

The increase in laser attacks on pilots and drones near-misses with planes at UK airports has prompted pilots to call on aviation authorities for a greater commitment to improving regulation.

Drones must be safe - Joint Statement

Monday 05 September 2016

European aviation stakeholders are warning that the safety risks of drone operations may be seriously underestimated and deserve urgent attention

UK aviation industry should be priority in post-Brexit talks

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Pilots are calling on the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to bring certainty to the UK aviation industry following the vote for Brexit.

Recruit pilots to prevent delays, say Norwegian pilots

Tuesday 05 July 2016

Pilots at the airline Norwegian, say they believe a spate of delays and cancellations is the result of poor planning and a lack of pilot recruitment at the airline.  

New General Secretary gets to work

Thursday 02 June 2016

The new General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has said he is looking forward to representing the piloting profession.

Pilots celebrate unlikely radical

Wednesday 01 June 2016

The man who rallied pilots to form the UK’s first pilots’ union has been hailed as a radical hero in a new exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester this month.

Pilots welcome Queen's Speech promise of new drone laws

Wednesday 18 May 2016

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.

End mental health stigma, say pilots

Sunday 13 March 2016

The French accident investigation authorities have today released their report in to the crash of Germanwings 4U 9525.

Brian Strutton appointed BALPA General Secretary

Monday 07 March 2016

Brian Strutton has been appointed as the next General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association

Laser incident shows more action is needed

Monday 15 February 2016

The crew of Virgin Atlantic flight VS25 bound for New York took the decision to return to Heathrow after reportedly being attacked with a laser shortly after take off.

Helicopter pilots to work with other offshore unions

Monday 08 February 2016

BALPA has joined forces with other offshore worker unions to form the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) in response to ongoing North Sea economic downturn.

Serious drone near misses prompt warning from pilots

Friday 29 January 2016

Pilots say a spate of serious near misses involving drones highlights the need for urgent action to integrate them in to airspace safely and prevent a collision with other aircraft.