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I am a pilot. We are BALPA.

BALPA is the union and professional association for pilots in the uk. Our members work together to protect the piloting profession and strive to ensure flight safety remains an industry wide priority.

Our community is made up of members, elected pilot representatives and pilot volunteers, managed by a pilot executive, and supported by expert staff members and professional specialists.

As an organisation of highly-trained flight deck professionals, BALPA has unrivalled access to the expertise and experience of its 10,000 members and can truly be regarded as the voice of pilots.

Together we lobby government, negotiate with employers and work with regulators to safeguard jobs and benefits, to ensure piloting remains a rewarding profession and to keep safety at the heart of all we do.

BALPA is the UK’s biggest pilot community. We offer chances to network within that community and provide industrial, legal, employment and personal support to assist members though every stage of their career.


Welcome to BALPA- the voice of UK pilots. BALPA is run by pilots for pilots. Together we tackle the issues that matter to you.

In recent years we’ve supported each other and negotiated sensible solutions to the biggest crisis in global aviation- COVID-19. Now as we move forward post the crisis, we are focused on matters that have always been BALPA priorities… flight safety, protecting the piloting profession and supporting each other.

Our strength comes from the input of each and every member and I urge you to consider how you can be an active member. Together we are strong and together we can influence our employers, regulators, politicians, aviation stakeholders and the public.

I’d like to welcome you to the BALPA community. On these web pages you’ll find out more about BALPA, its work and even how you can get involved.

I am proud to serve BALPA, The voice of UK Pilots: Safety, Strength, Unity, and hope you will also be a proud and active member.


Samantha Walkinshaw BALPA Interim Executive President First Officer at Jet2

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