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 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 will benefit from free emergency medical repatriation insurance.

Your membership fee includes up to £30,000 worth of legal cover (additional supplementary pilot 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.

Take a look at the range of Income Protection and Legal Expenses and Pilot Legal Insurance policies on the Aircrew Benefits website.

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

  • “I just wanted to say a big thank you to the IPA for all the support and assistance it has given me over recent months when I was made the subject of an unfair redundancy process whilst on Maternity Leave. Had it not been for all the hard work of the IPA team I am sure I would not have received the settlement I did which will be a great help in keeping our family finances in shape over the coming months until I can get back to my passion and work, flying. Thank you”.

  • “The past six months have been challenging beyond belief but without your support I am sure I would now be trying to find new employment because of something of which I was, as you know entirely innocent. Your hard work commitment and perseverance were doubtless what led to the company seeing sense and not dismissing me for matters that were untrue and initially acted on in haste. You did a great job.”

     

  • What our members say.......

     

    “Yet again I’m impressed with your diligence to service, a reply on a bank holiday Sunday! I didn’t expect it but thanks”.   

    “In my former employment we approached the IPA to represent us formally by way of recognition which was successfully gained. I saw first-hand the excellent services provided by the IPA when I and several of my colleagues were faced with job losses.  After a successful outcome in the employment tribunal, I wanted to give something back to the IPA and became an IPA director".

  • What our members say.......

     

    "Thank you for the clarity and quick repsonses".

    “We would not have received this support from other pilot unions”.

    “I just wanted to thank you for all your advice and counsel throughout this period. You really have been superstars”.

     

     

  • 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

     

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 a professional 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 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.

 

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Pilots Union

The 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 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. 

 

 

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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