Independent Pilots Association & Trade Union for Professional Pilots.

Benefits of IPA Membership

The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) is an association and trade union for professional pilots. Our members are commercial airline pilots, as well as flying instructors and those who fly a wealth of operations globally.

If you are thinking of joining a truly independent trade union, call us first.

Representing professional pilots across the UK aviation industry

Unrivalled benefits package at the most competitive cost

Proven track record in collective negotiations

Outstanding quality of individual representation

Consistently successful in representing pilots in discipline, grievance and courts

Member benefits including 24/7 emergency contact

In house legal advice on employment related issues

Competitive membership fees

Representation at discipline, grievance or capability matters

Friendly professional service

IPA full 1 and 2 members can claim 50% of their annual subs. back Memberships start from £6.50 per month

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Welcome to the IPA


The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) is an airline pilots association and trade union for professional pilots.  Our members are commercial airline pilots, as well as flying instructors and those who fly a wealth of operations globally.  Most of our work is based in the UK; and, if you fly under a UK contract as a full member of the IPA, we will be able to assist you in issues arising in your employment.

Full 1 and 2 members will benefit from free emergency medical repatriation insurance.

We are also pleased to announce your membership fee now includes up to £30,000 worth of legal cover (additional supplementary legal expenses insurance available)

We are delighted to advise that, as part of your membership to the Independent Pilots Association, you have access to specialist  Legal Expenses, Income Protection, and Travel policies, offered at a discount due to your membership, specifically designed for pilots.

Should you wish to review the range of Income Protection and Legal Expenses policies, please click here to be directed to the IPA section on Air Crew Benefits. 

Legal Expenses – provides legal expertise up to a limit of up to £125,000 to defend your legal rights in certain circumstances and includes 24-hour round-the-clock legal advice over the telephone on any matters.

Pilot Income Protection - pays a pre-agreed monthly benefit after a pre-agreed waiting period should you be unable to carry out your normal occupation as a pilot due to injury or illness. The status of your license is not taken into consideration and the total benefits received, including any employer-paid benefits, must not exceed 85% of your average monthly salary and the maximum cover that you can purchase is £5,000. Cover would cease at the age of 60 or you return to work, which whichever the sooner.

 

Loss of Licence (Lump Sum) - pays a pre-agreed lump sum benefit if your license is permanently revoked or insurers are satisfied that due to ill health or accident, you will not regain your medical certificate within 5 years of the disability. Cover is available up to a maximum of £200,000 and the premium will depend on your age as this policy is age rated.

Personal Accident - pays a pre-agreed lump sum should you (or your spouse if cover has been extended) suffer from one of the conditions noted in the policy - Death, Total and irrecoverable loss of sight of both eyes, Total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye, Loss of two limbs, Loss of one limb, Total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye and loss of one limb, Permanent Total Disablement (other than total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one or both eyes or loss of limb(s). The maximum level of cover available is £250,000, with £125,000 cover for a spouse.

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IPA Achievements


  • The IPA is pleased to announce funding support for the Russell Martin Foundation, a local charity, to enable their Health and Fitness Development Officer, Ben Morris to undertake the CU Fitter training programme.  The programme is delivered by Cancer United, an organisation offering support to patients with a cancer diagnosis, are going through treatment, or have come through it.  We are delighted to be able to offer this support to Ben, and wish him the best of luck for the new year, when the course starts. 

    If you would like to know more or get involved take a look at the link  -  www.russellmartinfoundation.co.uk

     

  • Increased legal cover from £20k to £30k for Full 1 and 2 members

    Free Emergency medical repatriation Insurance

    Opportunity to buy additional financial products exclusively to the IPA  

  • IPA successes are well exampled by the fact that we

    have achieved settlements with a value in excess of £1m. Financial

    reward is not the only favourable outcome we have achieved. There

    have been many cases where pilots who face the prospect of losing

    their employment have kept their job, or in some cases been completely

    exonerated of the allegations made, as a result of our intervention.

     

Russel Martin Foundation

The IPA is pleased to announce funding support for the Russell Martin Foundation, a local charity, to enable their Health and Fitness Development Officer, Ben Morris to undertake the CU Fitter training programme. The programme is delivered by Cancer United, an organisation offering support to patients with a cancer diagnosis, are going through treatment, or have come through it. We are delighted to be able to offer this support to Ben, and wish him the best of luck for the new year, when the course starts.

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Airline Pilots Association

The IPA has been an association for over 20 years.  The union side of the IPA works closely with airlines and the CAA, and other relevant bodies and organisations, to ensure that our member’s interests are protected across the Industry. 

Our legal Department assists full members on a wide variety of employment-related matters, whether this be discipline or grievance, proceedings in the Employment Tribunal, seeking recognition (either voluntary or through a statutory application to the Central Arbitration Committee), and advising on contractual issues.  We have a strong and favourable track record in achieving the best outcomes possible for our members.  We pride ourselves on early intervention when a pilot has an employment issue, as this can often prevent the matter escalating unnecessarily, and protects the employer/employee relationship on an ongoing basis.

 

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Pilots Union

Our offices are based in West Sussex, and we are happy to meet with pilots here, or travel to wherever a pilot is based.  Our representatives spend much of their time travelling round the UK to meet with members, and to attend meetings as their trade union representative.  We also endeavour to be contactable 24/7 with our 24-hour helpline. 

Our office staff are friendly and approachable, and should you have any query relating to your membership, staff will be happy to assist in addressing this promptly.  The best feedback we get from our members is that when they call our offices they are able to speak to someone who can help, and it is the level of professional, friendly and efficient service that we feel sets us apart from other organisations. 

If you are already a member and would like to discuss the services we provide, or are considering becoming a member, please do contact our offices, either by telephone or email, and we will be happy to help.

Benefits of IPA Membership

Member benefits including 24/7 emergency contact

In house legal advice on employment related issues

Competitive membership fees

Representation at discipline, grievance or capability matters

Friendly professional service

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The Independent Pilots (Financial Services)

The Independent Pilots (Financial Services) Ltd was set up for the IPA and are specialist Chartered Financial Planners dedicated to providing the very best tailored advice for our members.

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