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05. júl 2024

FÍA styður flugmenn Aer Lingus

Félag íslenskra atvinnuflugmanna styður kjarabaráttu flugmanna Aer Lingus

Þeir félagsmenn IALPA sem starfa hjá Aer Lingus hafa verið í kjarasamningsviðræðum við sinn vinnuveitanda í um 22 mánuði. Viðræðurnar hafa ekki borið tilætlaðan árangur og því hófu flugmenn Aer Lingus stuttar verkfallsaðgerðir þann 29. júní.

Ekki hefur tekist að vinna til baka þær lífsgæða og kjaraskerðingar sem heimsfaraldurinn COVID 19 olli.

Félags íslenskra atvinnuflugmanna sendi þeim stuðningsyfirlýsingu í aðdraganda verkfallsins og hana má sjá hér fyrir neðan:

June 24th 2024

Dear Mark Tighe CC: Sebastian Curras

This letter is written on behalf of the members and board of the Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) and fully reflects our combined opinion on the matters at hand.

Regarding the issue of the Aer Lingus pilot group and the Aer Lingus management.

As the pilot group has consistently worked to ensure the continued operational stability of the airline during the Covid pandemic and indeed has taken unprecedented cut in life and working conditions and undertaken extraordinary operational flexibility to ensure continuity, it is inexplicable that now the airline is in resurgence that the management would not seek to readdress this imbalance and work with the pilot’s group to find a mutually acceptable outcome.

The voluntary and generous measures that many members took during the Covid pandemic to secure the futures of their respective airlines is not to be used as a means of now downgrading their contracts or conditions to a new low. This kind of management strong arm technique is an opportunistic and disgraceful tactic, especially given the very significant efforts and degradation in living/work standards that the crews endured to secure the airlines continuity.

We, the Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) are fully in support of IALPA working to secure a mutually acceptable outcome and if necessary, any industrial action that is needed in support of this effort.

The Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA), are committed to working with IALPA to ensure that all members can expect and receive the right to open and constructive negotiations. It is clearly not an effective solution for any management group to dismiss, out of hand, any sensible negotiations by their employees.

With best regards,

Jonas Gudmundsson

Director of International Affairs

Icelandic Airline Pilots Association

04. júl 2024

Flugmenn á móti fækkun flugmanna í stjórnklefa

Flugmenn taka afstöðu gegn hugmyndum um fækkun flugmanna í stjórnklefa

Ef áætlanir flugvélaframleiðenda ganga eftir þá gætu vissar Evrópskar flugvélategundir verið starfræktar af einum flugmanni, en hugmyndir eru uppi um að slíkt gæti orðið raunin árið 2027

Til þess að láta í ljós afstöðu sína á málinu hafa Evrópskir flugmenn, undir forystu European Cockpit Association (ECA), hrint af stað herferð og í leiðinni opnað nýja heimasíðu

Markmið herferðarinnar er að upplýsa hinn almenna flugfarþega um þá áhættu sem fylgir því að fækka flugmönnum í stjórnklefa flugvélar.

FÍA hvetur félagsmenn og aðra hagaðila að kynna sér málið. Flugöryggi varðar okkur öll!


Hér má sjá skilaboð frá European Cockpit Association um Single Pilots flights:

Pilots take a stand against Single Pilot Flights: "One Means None"

Brussels, 1 July 2024

European planes could be operating with only one pilot at the controls as soon as 2027, if moves by aircraft manufacturers are successful. To take a stand against this, European pilots led by the European Cockpit Association (ECA) have launched a new website: The platform aims to inform passengers about the significant safety risks associated with reducing crew from two pilots to one.

Captain Otjan de Bruijn, ECA President, said: “One pilot in the cockpit during an extensive period of a flight is a gamble with the safety of our 200 to 400 passengers in the back of the plane and those on the ground. Pilots do not just fly a plane – we monitor each other and all flight aspects, manage aircraft automation and swiftly address any safety, security or operational risks in a very complex and fast-changing environment. As a pilot, I am convinced that single pilot flights are an inherently dangerous concept driven solely by the commercial interests of manufacturers and airlines.”

Having two pilots at the controls of a large commercial plane is not just an operational necessity but is also mandated by regulation and industry standards. Aviation authorities worldwide stipulate crew composition standards for commercial flights. But at least two manufacturers, Airbus and Dassault, are actively pursuing the elimination of one pilot from the flight deck during the cruise phase.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is currently evaluating the safety implications of the proposal for “extended Minimum Crew Operations” (eMCO) submitted by those manufacturers. If approved, it would lead to one pilot leaving the flight deck for several hours during the cruise phase of the flight, while the other remains at the controls.

The purpose of "One Means None"

The website, “One Means None,” details the vital roles that two pilots play in ensuring safe operations, particularly during unforeseen emergencies and complex situations. The purpose of the website is to emphasize several key safety arguments:

Complex Task Management: Flying an aircraft involves numerous tasks and decision-making processes that are best managed by two qualified professionals.Cross-checking and Mutual Support: Two pilots provide essential backup for each other, ensuring that if one pilot is incapacitated or overwhelmed, the other can take over.Emergency Response: In crisis situations, having two pilots in the cockpit allows for an effective and coordinated response, ensuring the overall safety of the flight.

Even if the technological advancements and automation have contributed to improving flight safety and efficiency over the last decades, human oversight of these failure-prone systems remains paramount. Two pilots are indispensable not only in averting crises and ensuring optimal outcomes in emergency situations but also during normal operations. While replacing pilots with automation could possibly increase aviation manufacturers’ profits, it will not make flights any cheaper or safer for passengers.

Pilots Unite for Safer Skies

Pilots remain at the forefront of the action for flight safety – a petition in the Netherlands has gained almost 50,000 signatures while pilots across France and Italy have demonstrated at airports. Thousands of pilots worldwide expressed their opposition to removing pilots from the flight deck through a coordinated global campaign on World Pilots’ Day. The launch of the website supports a global movement against Reduced Crew Operations, supported by European Pilots, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations and the biggest Pilot union in the US – Air Line Pilots Association.

About ECA:

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) is the voice of European pilots within the European Union. It represents over 40,000 pilots from national pilot associations across 33 European states, with 3 Associate Members. ECA advocates for enhancing aviation safety and promotes social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe.

Visit to learn more about the risks of single-pilot flights

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