Positions

Pilot Fatigue

Fatigue has for many years been a worrying issue for pilots and it continues to be a huge concern across the industry today. Pilots have told BALPA they believe fatigue is now the biggest single threat to flight safety.

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Drones

While pilots recognise the huge economic potential of drones both commercially and recreationally, there is growing concern about the increasing number of near misses between these devices and manned aircraft, and the potential for a catastrophic crash should a collision take place.

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Pensions

Pilots feel the current pension system – including the existing tax relief framework - works. They want stability and fear any changes could undermine the system and put people off saving for their future.

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Pilot Mental Health

In the awake of the Germanwings tragedy there has been huge media interest in the topic of pilot health. It’s a topic BALPA takes seriously and is working to address. BALPA understands the need to ensure those suffering mental health issues, who are in safety critical jobs, must be identified, given support and monitored to ensure they do not pose a safety risk.

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Lasers

Laser illumination of aircraft continues to be a significant threat to aviation and pilots say attacks endangers the passengers, crew and people on the ground. BALPA is working with a number of agencies (including the CAA, the UK Flight Safety Committee and the Police) to address this issue but we are still seeing increasing numbers of incidents in the UK involving lasers being directed at aircraft.

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nextGen

For many becoming a pilot is a dream harboured from a young age. It’s a calling, and the British Airline Pilots’ Association’s aim is to ensure it remains a great profession and one that anyone can aspire to. But becoming a pilot takes real determination and there are some huge challenges that aspiring pilots need to be aware of. BALPA has set up the nextGen programme to help protect the profession by reaching down to these new entrants and giving them a voice. 

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North Sea

The downturn in the oil and gas price has had a huge negative effect on North Sea industry and the pilot community is feeling the pinch.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association is calling on the oil industry and the UK and Scottish Governments to do all they can to help North Sea pilots through the turbulent times and ensure safety is not put at risk.

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