Terms & Conditions

By continuing to browse and use this service, you are agreeing to comply with and will be bound by the following terms and conditions of use which, together with our other website and blog policies, govern BALPA's relationship with users in relation to this website and blog.

If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website/blog.

The use of this website/blog is subject to the following general terms of use:

  • The content of the pages of this website/blog is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  • This website/blog uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences. Please see our Cookie Policy for more details on cookie usage.
  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website/blog for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website/blog is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website/blog meet your specific requirements.
  • This website/blog contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • Unauthorised use of this website/blog may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • From time to time this website/blog may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • Your use of this website/blog and any dispute arising out of such use of the website/blog is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

From time to time we may change these Terms and Conditions, and will post revisions on this website. We recommend that you read these Terms and Conditions prior to using our digital sites and thereafter regularly review any changes and you are responsible for doing so.




Other than as permitted by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, no part of these materials may be copied without the prior written permission of BALPA. 

All Rights Reserved. The British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA).

Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following:

  • you may print or download to a local hard disk extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only
  • you may link to copy on this website to individual third parties for their personal use

You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

Any unauthorized reproduction or redistribution of the material on the BALPA website/blog is expressly prohibited by law, and will result in prosecution.


The information contained in this website/blog is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by BALPA and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website/blog or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the websites for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Due to the nature of the website/blog, it is impossible to regulate possible viruses which it may contain. BALPA does not accept liability for any virus infection or problems which may arise from the use of this site

Every effort is made to keep the website/blog up and running smoothly. However, BALPA takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website/blog being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.




BALPA is committed to respecting the privacy of our website/blog visitors. The purpose of this policy is to comply with the protection legislation laid out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and the EU Privacy and Communications Directive 2011. This policy outlines how we will treat your personal information.

What Information We Will Collect

We may use, collect and store the following types of information:

i. information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website/blog, including your IP address, location, browser type, length of visit and number of page views for web traffic analysis

ii. information that you provide to the Association for the purpose of registering your membership with us

iii. information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, message boards, email notifications and/or newsletters

iv. other information that you choose to send to us



Cookies are parcels of text sent by a web server to a web client (usually a browser) and stored on your computer by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser session.

Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device, thereby improving the overall experience on our website.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies.  A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date. A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

 Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but information that we store about your visit may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:

(1) to recognise your computer when you visit our website

(2) to track you as you navigate our website, and to enable the use of the specific website features

(3) to improve the website’s usability

(4) to analyse the use of our website

(5) in the administration of this website

Our website uses cookies.  By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.


 BALPA recognises the need for this website to be accessible to all. We have implemented a number of features to make this website easy to use, especially for users with disabilities.

This website aims to conform to Level A standard of the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It also includes many features found in AA sites such as colour considerations and easily resizable fonts. We will continue to make improvements and make sure this website conforms to these guidelines.

Please contact us if you have questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you have difficulty using it.

Accessibility features on this website
The following features improve navigation for text only browsers, screen reader users, and users of keyboard navigation.

Style sheets
This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser supports it, stylesheets can be disabled or over-ridden to customise the appearance of the website, to your preference.

Font sizes
You can change the font size of each page to your preference through the browser.

In Internet Explorer, press CTRL + to increase font size and CTRL - to decrease.

In Netscape select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred percentage size.

In Firefox press CTRL + to increase font size and CTRL - to decrease. CTRL 0 will reset sizes to default.


Labels are used to assist access to form fields. All forms follow a logical tab sequence.


Tables are used to display tabular data. Tables are not used for general site layout. This means our tables are being used in a correct and meaningful manner.


The site has been designed to be easy to read through its colour combinations. If you have any difficulty in reading parts of the site please contact us.


We have worked hard to ensure that our links are meaningful, and some links are explained in greater detail by using a title attribute.


JavaScript is used on the site to improve usability. All pages and processes are still accessible and usable if JavaScript is disabled or unavailable.


This website is built to XHTML 1.0 and CSS 1.0 / 2.0 standards.

This website will function and look as intended in browsers that support these standards. The most common of these are;

Firefox 1.5 +
Internet Explorer 6.0+

If you do not have one of these browsers installed or are unable to upgrade, you may find the website easier to use by disabling CSS altogether - please see your browsers help documentation for further information.

Standards compliance

Our pages aim to conform to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This standard is endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and the Disability Rights Commission (http://www.drc-gb.org/).

Our pages use valid XHTML and CSS. To ensure code quality and that standards are maintained we are committed to checking this on a regular basis.

We are striving to meet our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 with respect to the provision of services online.