BeCA represents its members at the European and International Levels through its membership to the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA). BeCA contributes actively to the work of these two associations by providing expert input.
BeCA also has a partnership agreement with the German Pilot Association, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC). The two associations closely work together on all matters of common interest regarding EAT / DHL issues.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilot’s Associations (IFALPA) represents over 100,000 pilots and flight engineers in almost 100 countries worldwide.
The mission of IFALPA is to be the global voice of professional pilots by providing representation, services and support in order to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide.
IFALPA is based in Montreal, where it closely works with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It actively contributes to the development of international standards in civil aviation.
The European Cockpit Association (ECA) was created in 1991 and is the representative body of European pilots at European Union (EU) level. It represents over 38,000 European pilots from the National pilot Associations in 37 European states. In addition, ECA has 2 Associate Members from outside the European region.
Since the advent of the Single European Aviation Market, air transport is no longer a purely national domain. European policies are made in all areas of aviation that affect pilots, such as safety, flight crew licensing, air operations, fair competition, international air traffic agreements, air traffic management, aircraft maintenance, employment conditions, etc. In line with its mission statement and aviation safety being its prime concern, ECA strives to ensure safe and sustainable growth of the air transport industry across Europe, based upon clear, harmonised and enforceable rules throughout the EU.
Moreover, since 2000, ECA is a recognised Social Partner in the EU's Sectoral Social Dialogue. This allows them to develop - jointly with European employers' organisations - common positions, recommendations and agreements that can have legally binding effect throughout the EU.