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About us

The Independent Pilots Association is a Professional Association and Pilot's Trade Union that was formed by Flight Crew. We promote the welfare and interests of Flight Crew and are owned and managed by Flight Crew.

We offer assistance to pilots who join the IPA in many ways including, reviewing CV’s, reviewing contracts of employment and service, representation of full members at Grievance and Discipline hearings and where necessary and appropriate at Employment Tribunals. We are also experienced in negotiating settlements for members in situations where it has not been possible for the employment relationship to continue. 

Since the Independent Pilots Association's inception in the early nineties, we are proud to have been able to support our members on a wide variety of issues and have successfully taken many cases to Employment Tribunals.

We pride ourselves on providing a specialist personal and dedicated service for our airline pilot members. Unlike our competitor’s, representation is provided from our HQ so that you can be sure of receiving a consistently high standard of service and support. Our local reps are trained to provide immediate care and assistance. As a member, we are there for you 24/7 through our emergency contact line.

Our legal advice and assistance covers Full Members for up to £30,000 as part of their Pilot Union membership. There is also a facility to buy Supplementary Legal cover.

Steady growth of membership has been experienced over the years with new members coming from both ends of the career spectrum and current membership is spread throughout all operators, from air taxi operators to major airlines, as well as some overseas.

The Board of Directors comprises of current and retired pilots from a variety of UK airlines and aviation companies with a wealth of experience and background in all aspects of aviation. 

Independent Pilot Association Membership fees are fixed and not based on your salary.

We have a dedicated Financial Team at the IPA, who will look after all your financial queries and arrangements including pensions and loss of licence insurance. We also have the support of AirCrew Benefits and Lumley’s Insurance Ltd who can assist with specialist insurance products.

Join before flight! to have a professional dedicated pilot union team in your corner.

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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