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  • The latest Skypointer newsletter is available

    Skypointer 138

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  • Press release - Possible Industrial action

    Notice of Ballot on Industrial Action: Isles of Scilly Skybus Limited

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  • University of Birmingham is looking for student point volunteers

    Aerospace Students winning entry in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Prestigious International Light (Electric) Aircraft Design Competition.

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  • Pilot jobs added regularly

    The latest industry jobs in the UK and around world.

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  • Listen to Phil Flower IPA General Secretary on BBC World at One

    Views on the current state of air travel.

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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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The Union for Pilots

We assist 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 services such as contract review, representation at discipline, grievance, capability, and sickness absence meetings. We will also take cases to an employment tribunal where appropriate. We have a strong track record in achieving the best possible outcomes for members. We also continue to achieve favourable results in collective negotiations.

IPA Achievements

  • The IPA recently had a representative attend the UK Flight Safety Committee’s three day Flight Safety Officers Familiarisation Course held virtually.  The purpose of attendance on this course was to enhance the knowledge and information within the Association to better enable us to provide guidance to members.  Should any member require assistance in this area, please contact office@ipapilot.com


  •  I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say a huge thank you to you and Phil Flower, IPA union official for the advice and support during a recent disciplinary I found myself part of.  With the support of my union I have been able to return to work and continue in the job i love; I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts during this difficult time.

  • 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



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