British Airline Pilots' Association
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|Full name||British Airline Pilots' Association|
|Founded||27 June 1937|
|Key people||Captain Brendan O'Neal, Chairman; Captain Paul Naylor, Vice-Chairman; Brian Strutton, General Secretary|
|Office location||Middlesex, England|
BALPA represents over 75% of all professional fixed wing pilots and helicopter aircrew based in the UK - as well as many working overseas. With a membership of over 10,000 professional flight crew, the association holds the largest collective resource of pilot qualification and experience in the UK.
BALPA is one of the founder members of IFALPA, the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations, which co-ordinates the views and opinions of well over 100,000 flight crew around the globe.
BALPA also works with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Department for Transport, the Department of Trade and Industry and many other bodies where the voice of ‘the pilot' is needed.
The National Executive Council (NEC) is the elected body that is responsible for the association. As well as generating policy and association strategy, the NEC ensures that the organization is run in an efficient, legal and responsible manner.
BALPA is governed by an Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) made up of representatives of the Company Councils and a National Executive Committee composed of elected pilots.
BALPA has recognition agreements with airlines in multiple sectors. BALPA members in each of these companies elect a Company Council that leads a community of members.
There are five sub-committees of the NEC; Organisation, Communication and External Affairs, Membership and Career Services, Industrial Relations and Safety and Security.
To qualify for Full Membership applicants must hold a current professional pilots licence or flight engineers licence issued by the UK or any of the JAA countries, be engaged in British commercial flying and be based in the UK or employed by a UK Company abroad. Alternatively members may qualify as a ground instructor or helicopter winchman employed in British commercial flying.
There are also membership categories available for overseas, retired, military, unemployed and trainee pilots.
BALPA campaigns on a wide variety of issues which affect pilots and the flying public. From the aircraft work environment through to security and safety, BALPA works with the industry and government to ensure that its members and the public are supported.
Air Passenger Duty
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is the UK Government tax that is charged on all passengers departing from a UK airport. BALPA is an active member of the A Fair Tax on Flying campaign, a coalition of more than 30 leading travel and aviation organisations including airlines, airports, trade associations and destinations who believe that APD is too high and is doing growing damage to jobs, growth and the UK economic recovery.
‘Casualisation’ and the use of contract labour is a growing issue in the aviation industry. BALPA has been campaigning on this issue and have had success in formulating a New Entrant Contract that delivers significant improvements to those entering the profession in easyJet. Driving casualisation out of the whole industry remains one of BALPA’s key priorities.
As part of its campaign to combat the growing use of contingent workers in the aviation industry, BALPA commissioned the Labour Research Department (LRD) in 2012 to work with the union to produce a booklet focusing on the use of contingent workers in airlines where BALPA is recognised. The booklet highlights the legal framework – in particular the Agency Workers Regulations, which became law in October 2011.
Flight Time Limitations
Flight Time Limitations exist to ensure the safe operation of commercial aircraft and to avoid the onset of pilot fatigue. Pilot fatigue is a state of serious tiredness and exhaustion that reduces a pilots ability to operate safely. 15-20% of fatal accidents related to human errors have listed pilot fatigue as a contributing factor. BALPA has continuously sought to protect high safety standards of Flight Time Limitations in the UK.
Organisation in popular culture
- UK | Anti-terrorist cockpit doors 'dangerous'. BBC News (2001-10-31). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
- House of Lords - Science and Technology - Written Evidence. Publications.parliament.uk (2007-12-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
- "Home - A Fair Tax On Flying". A Fair Tax On Flying. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
- ECA reflects on economic crisis implications for aviation | European Cockpit Association (ECA). Eurocockpit.be. Retrieved on 2013-07-18.[dead link]
- EasyJet agrees pilot recruitment terms with BALPA. Flightglobal.com (2013-06-07). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
- Casualisation - Breakthrough In Easyjet. BALPA (2008-11-08). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.[dead link]
- Casualisation. BALPA (2008-11-08). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.[dead link]
- SemiColonWeb. "Flight Time Limitations | PACTS". www.pacts.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
- Fatigue in Accidents | European Cockpit Association (ECA). Eurocockpit.be. Retrieved on 2013-07-18.[dead link]
- "Flight time limitations (24th February 2012)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-20.