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  • General Secretary Phil Flower takes part in a radio programme

    The BBC Radio 4 show you and yours recently invited Phil onto the programme to discuss life as pilot

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  • EASA-to-UK pilot licence conversion - CAA guidance

    The CAA has launched its EASA to UK conversion process for commercial pilot licences and medicals. This enables pilots to hold both a UK and EASA licence.

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  • Letter to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP

    When asked about specific support for this sector, the underwhelming and inadequate response is the billions that this government has put into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  

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  • Are you within your redundancy notice period? We urge you to talk to your employer

    The IPA welcomes the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or ‘furlough scheme’), as it offers some hope to the UK aviation sector.

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  • Why become a member of the Independent Pilots Association?

    Scroll down to find out more and view the benefits of IPA membership.

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.

            Why become a member of the Independent Pilots Association?

  • We provide up to £30,000 in house legal cover for employment disputes.  Where a case has a reasonable prospect of success, we can also undertake Employment Tribunal claims.  
  • Our Board of Directors have experience from across the UK aviation industry, both fixed wing and rotary.  Our Directors fly for a variety of UK operators. 
  • We do not have any allegiance to any particular airline or pilot group. 
  • We put our members first. 
  • From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been available to members 24/7, via our website, email or phone. 
  • Regular communication/meetings with members via video conferencing platforms.
  • Open day events held around the UK should there be pilot demand/support. 
  • Competitive membership rates temporarily reduced as we know how hard things are for many members at the moment. 
  • During the current pandemic, pilots continue to join the IPA, demonstrating the importance of effective union representation


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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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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.

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