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EUROCAE and European pilots announce strategic partnership

EUROCAE & the European Cockpit Association (ECA) mark the start of a closer partnership with the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). On 28 of April 2017 the organisations agreed on reinforced cooperation on the development of industry standards for better & safer aviation.

ECA represents over 38.000 professional pilots in Europe and has long established itself as the active voice of pilots speaking with the European Institutions, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, as well as EUROCONTROL, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Its expertise has already made it a key contributor to various work streams at EUROCAE, ranging from ATM, avionics, safety devices, airports to RPAS.

This reinforced partnership between EUROCAE and ECA will bring added value for both organisations and industry overall. The MoU provides a basis for facilitating the exchange of general and technical information, sharing expertise and best practices, ensuring cross-participation in working groups where appropriate and developing joint positions or recommendations to third parties on certain topics.

The right, commonly understood technical standards are critical to aviation safety, and this is why we are very happy as a profession to be fully engaged and partnered with EUROCAE


28 April 2017, London

Francis Schubert, EUROCAE President, and Jon Horne, ECA Vice President, Europe, at the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“We share a long history of working with EUROCAE, we share the same safety-oriented goals and objectives”, says Jon Horne, ECA Vice-President. “The right, commonly understood technical standards are critical to aviation safety, and this is why we are very happy as a profession to be fully engaged and partnered with EUROCAE”.

EUROCAE President, Francis Schubert mentioned that a new collaboration always brings new opportunities for both partners and ECA has proven over the years its active involvement in different developments steaming to ensure a high level of aviation safety based upon harmonised rules throughout Europe and globally. EUROCAE shares the same vision and is looking forward to a constructive cooperation for the benefit of the aviation industry.

Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE Secretary General and Jon Horne, ECA Vice-President committed to actively cooperate within the framework of the MoU and to effectively use all the available resources to the benefit of the industry.

For further information, please contact

Kameliya Encheva, ECA Communications Officer, Tel: +32 2 705 32 93

Sergiu Marzac, Technical Programme Manager,


Note to editors: ECA is the representative body of over 38,000 pilots from across Europe, striving for the highest levels of aviation safety and fostering social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe. – Our Website: & twitter @eu_cockpit

EUROCAE currently has over 200 members, including industry, service providers, regulators, research institutes and international organisations. EUROCAE membership is open to organisations and industries worldwide. EUROCAE in the interest of its stakeholders, develops technical specifications for the industry and in support of regulations, aiming to increase safety, market potential, facilitate interoperability and encourage technological development. The development of EUROCAE documents is governed by a well-proven core process promoting team work, excellence, industry buy-in and consensus while ensuring safety. To date, EUROCAE has published more than 200 EUROCAE documents EDs, which are recognised worldwide as high quality and state of the art standards.