• Atypical Employment Survey 2.0

    It seems like yesterday, when the 1st Atypical Employment Study was relayed, triggering awareness on modern day pilots’ working conditions. By ripple effect, contractors, self-employment, temporary agency workers and pay-to-fly became terms more widely known to the general public. Pilots, it is that time again. After a few years, is atypical employment still on the rise? Take 20 minutes of your time to let us know! FILL in this ATYPICAL Employment Survey 2.0 – carried out by ‘Ricardo’ on behalf of the EU Commission & supported by the ECA. The survey will run for 6 weeks (starting March 26th &…

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  • ECJ: “Stand-by time is working time”

    Two days ago February 21th 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released its ruling on case C-518/15, concerning stand-by at home. Why a fireman case in Belgium… Under local regulation, volunteer firefighter Rudy Matzak in Nivelles -Bruxelles- had to reside in a place within 8 minutes of his fire station with stand-by duty requiring to remain in that time frame radius and be “particularly vigilant” to remain reachable to leave immediately when called. …on the interpretation of “work related definitions” (Article 2) and “continuity of service” (Article 17(3)(c)(iii) of Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament). It turns out that,…

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  • MEDIA: P2F going mainstream

    The comics Released today in the November bimonthly issue of french magazine “Piloter”, pay-to-fly gets, to our knowledge, its first dedicated professional comics highlight! Leading the charge is scenarist, photograph and comics artist Christophe Gibelin. Throughout the eight glossy pages of the booklet, glider pilot Gibelin draws a humoristic yet cringeworthy critic of aviation’s dirty secret, airline pilots paying to perform their work. We take this opportunity to thank Mr Gibelin for having chosen this topic. French readers from all walks of life will appreciate this easy-to-read entry point. English digital version to come. The book We couldn’t find the…

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  • RYR – waiting for the other shoe to drop

    Not gone unnoticed, Europe’s favourite airline announced last week Sept. 16th the cancellation of up to 50 flights per day until October 31th, affecting 315,000 passengers and its own wallet for up to €20m in compensation bill. Admittedly, this brilliant move was a last-ditch effort to comply with a 4-year-coming piece of regulation improve punctuality (!). The distraction Scrambling to mitigate the hurdle, Ryanair’s notorious COO Michael Hickey offered his pilots the following: Whether any incentive is left to be found to this “bonus” remains to be proven: in essence, provisions are such that the grant is paid multiple times…

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