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  • Getting it right for our members

    Last year saw an unprecedented increase in membership, which has continued into the new year.  What is it that the IPA does differently from other unions that means pilots want to join us?

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  • We are truly Independent....

     Representing pilots from across the UK aviation industry 

     Experienced board of directors with aviation backgrounds

     Established for more than 25years

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  • Know your employment rights

    The in-house legal team have recently written about employment rights, bond agreements and contracts.

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  • CAA review of onshore helicopter

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have released a review of the UK’s ‘onshore’ helicopter sector.

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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, join us.

Full 1 and 2 members can claim back 50% against their annual tax returns.

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Welcome to the IPA

The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) is an airline pilots association and trade union for aviation professionals.  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   -  including Free emergency medical repatriation insurance.

Your membership fee includes up to £30,000 worth of legal cover (additional supplementary pilot legal expenses insurance available)


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IPA Achievements

  • Thank you for all your support and help in representing me at my recent meeting with the company. I am in no doubt that your help led to the sensible outcome of all allegations being dismissed.

    Jet2.com pilot member

  • Thanks for your first class support and representation in my recent meeting with the company. I am sure it made a real difference.

    Thank you.

    Virgin Atlantic Airways pilot member

  • Just to say a sincere and heartfelt thanks for your support with my recent little brush with the company. Your guidance and assistance were greatly appreciated.

    British Airways pilot member

  • In the last few weeks the IPA legal team have been working hard to gain recognition within a UK based helicopter service provider, we are pleased to announce this is now in place.  The IPA has a proven track record representing pilots from rotary and fixed wing sectors, most notably in 2016 gaining a fair outcome for a group of helicopter pilots under a TUPE transfer.

  • "I would like to thank you and the IPA for your time and effort in achieving a satisfactory and successful outcome. It has confirmed my confidence in the Association and I am pretty sure you have recruited a new future permanent member in my son"



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Airline Pilots Association

The IPA has been a professional pilots association for over 25 years.  We travel extensively across the UK to meet with and represent our members in person.  We work with our members, their employers, the CAA and other relevant bodies and organisations, to ensure that our members interests are protected across the aviation industry.  We are well aware of the challenges faced by our members, and work hard to provide the service our members expect and deserve from their professional pilot's association.

We are not a faceless organisation.  In our experience, it is vitally important that members receive a consistently high standard of service from our dedicated staff, whose only interest is to protect the interests of all our members, irrespective of who you fly for.


Pilots Union

The pilots union assists full members with a broad, and often complex variety of employment issues.  We are with you every step of the way in your flying career, offering such services as contract review, representation at discipline, grievance or capability matters, and taking cases to an employment tribunal where appropriate.  We have a strong track record in achieving the best possible outcomes for our pilot union members.  We have, where requested by our members, sought and achieved recognition, and have experience of negotiating voluntary agreements, as well as seeking statutory recognition through the Central Arbitration Committee. 



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.

Latest from our blog

  • 13 Jan 2020

    We start the week processing new member applications and putting together welcome packs for those who have joined us over the weekend. 

    Last year saw an unprecedented increase in membership...

  • 08 Jan 2020

    Sometimes an employer has no alternative than to enter a redundancy process with some or all of their workforce.  Whilst it is called a redundancy process, it is important to...

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