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24/06/2022 | GNSS interference: knowing more to manage better
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has confirmed fears of an upward trend in the occurrence of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) disruption events. How can we manage the new threats we face in the event of such an event?
24/06/2022 | Sepla attends ECA Conference in Brussels
The president of Sepla, Óscar Sanguino, and the secretary of the Trade Union, Javier Fernández-Picazo, attended the Conference of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) held on 22 and 23 June in Brussels. During the event, some usual topics were discussed, such as the presentation and approval of the accounts for the financial year 2021, and other important current issues, among which the following stood out:
24/06/2022 | ECA warns of a difficult summer in European aviation
The European Pilots' Association (ECA) believes that "a summer of disruptions, flight cancellations and crew fatigue has begun and is likely to worsen in the coming weeks". In a statement, ECA points out that after the years of the COVID-19 crisis, cost-cutting in the sector and the practice of social dumping, "are wreaking havoc on European aviation". The ECA conference in Brussels has therefore agreed to urge the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), national supervisory authorities, airline managements and all other stakeholders to ensure that:
24/06/2022 | Aviadoras collaborates with the Inspiring Girls Foundation
On May 12, Sepla's Aviadoras participated in the event "Whose is this?", with the aim of introducing the profession of commercial pilot to a group of 50 children from a school in Madrid. This event consisted of the children finding out who the uniforms and accessories of various professionals belonged to, without having seen them and without knowing anything about them beforehand. The volunteers were a surgeon, a firefighter, a Dakar motorcycle racer, a construction architect, a Civil Guard woman, a chess player, a merchant navy captain and an airline pilot.
24/06/2022 | Sepla participates in the meeting of the IFALPA Climate Working Group
The SEPLA Technical department actively participated in the first international climate conference for pilots associations to be held in person. Helping to shape and develop international policy for pilots´ associations around the world. The SEPLA DT was in London June 15 and 16. The conference had presentations from the UK Aeronautical Institute, Satavia, Cranfield University and Heart Aerospace ( Electrical commuters ). SEPLA and IFALPA´s efforts in sustainability will be the conscience of the Industry with respect to tackling climate change, ensuring benefits of air travel to humanity and business. The IFALPA Sustainable aviation fuels working draft of the position paper was advanced. The SEPLA technical rep gave a presentation to IFALPA on hydrogen.
24/06/2022 | Sepla and Adventia launch the gateway course for the adaptation to the Commercial Aviation and Air Operations Pilot Degree
Once again this year, Sepla and Fundación Adventia have launched the gateway course for adaptation to the Commercial Aviation and Air Operations Pilot Degree. Thanks to the agreement reached between both institutions, commercial aviation pilots with extensive experience can obtain the academic recognition of Degree by the University of Salamanca, approved throughout the European Higher Education Area.
10/06/2022 | Top Gun: "It's not the plane, it's the pilot"
During the summer of 1986, we were lucky enough to see Top Gun: Idols of the Air in Spanish cinemas. The film, starring the actor Tom Cruise, was a before and after for many of us, as it marked our professional future. In my case, it was a line from Lieutenant Nick "Goose" Bradshaw: "Show me the way home, honey". When I left the cinema, I had only one thought in my head: "When I grow up, I want to be a pilot". How many of us have not shared lines from the film or spent days watching it with our promotional colleagues?
10/06/2022 | IFALPA 76th Annual Conference conclusions
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) conferences are always a very special event. Pilots from all over the world come together to share the challenges, developments and problems of the profession, but also to discuss, share and help, putting into practice the famous motto "Global voice of pilots". IFALPA held its 76th Annual Conference from 26-29 May. It was a very special event for many reasons, mainly because it was scheduled for 2020, a year that changed the way we understand the world and the profession of pilots.
10/06/2022 | The questionable practice of "pay to fly"
There are two basic characteristics that pilots generally have when they join any airline to provide their services: the technical training required to develop their profession and their passion for flying. On occasions, these two issues are mixed up and the pilot's enthusiasm for starting to work for an airline can be diluted by the obligations and commitments that the company imposes on him/her, sometimes abusively.
10/06/2022 | "We give you wings", an exciting project of the Sepla Ayuda Foundation.
Between last April 9 and June 4, the Sepla Ayuda Foundation developed a new project called "We give you wings" at the provincial aerodrome of Soria Garray. This initiative, aimed especially at young people with special abilities or at risk of social exclusion, is one of the most beautiful, exciting, stimulating and, of course, one of the most original. For the first time, one of our projects is based on what all pilots know and know how to do best: fly an airplane.
09/06/2022 | IFALPA position on communications between pilots and control centres
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) published on 18 May a position on communications in commercial aviation. IFALPA considers that all aircraft should be equipped with encrypted and secure media, separate from communications commonly used for air traffic control.
09/06/2022 | Sepla condemns irresponsible attitudes such as those of the WizzAir CEO
The European Cockpit Association (ECA) has posted a video on its social networks in which the CEO of Wizz Air encourages pilots to fly with fatigue. In statements made on the occasion of the return to normality, Jószef Váradi has stated that "we are all tired" and that, despite this, "we have to go the extra mile".

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