Independent Pilots Association - IPA
The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) has a remarkable history, originating in the early 1990s as a support group for pilots affected by the 1991 Air Europe collapse. Since then, the IPA has grown into a prominent Trade Union for British Pilots, while preserving its core commitment to providing exceptional service to every member.
The IPA’s beginnings can be traced to the early 1990s when a self-help group formed at the Gatwick airport Job Centre to assist pilots affected by Air Europe’s demise. Through the 1990s, our organization expanded as more pilots sought our services, which encompassed pilot recruitment, financial support, and employment assistance. By 2000, our expertise in employment law, collective bargaining, and representation became evident, leading us to establish the Independent Pilots Federation Union alongside the Association.
Today, as the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), we provide a comprehensive range of services to our growing membership. This includes workplace representation, an expert in-house legal team, 24/7 support, contract reviews, and various partner benefits. Our highly experienced Executive Council, comprised of current and retired pilots from different airlines, ensures dedicated and impartial representation.
Our track record boasts numerous successful outcomes for members in areas such as employment tribunals, negotiations, and workplace issues. We remain dedicated to continual improvement by staying informed about evolving UK law, actively seeking member input, and harnessing technology to enhance service accessibility.
From its modest origins to becoming a leading Trade Union for British Pilots, the IPA’s unwavering philosophy is to deliver unrivaled service to every member, always. Whether you’re embarking on an aviation career or nearing retirement, we eagerly welcome you and are committed to supporting you at every stage of your journey.