The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) represents well over 75% of all the fixed wing pilots and helicopter aircrew based in the UK - as well as many working overseas. The Association has a membership of over 10,000 professional flight crew, working in companies large and small. BALPA works with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Department for Transport, the Department of Trade and Industry and many other bodies where the voice of ‘the pilot' is needed.

BALPA was one of the founder members of IFALPA, the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations, which co-ordinates the views and opinions of well over 100,000 flight crew around the globe. In Europe, BALPA was a founding member of ECA, the European Cockpit Association.


The trigger which led to the creation of BALPA in the late thirties was the irresponsible attitude of Imperial Airways towards safety issues and particularly the risk of airframe icing on one type. Eric Lane Burslem, eventually BALPA’s first chairman, briefed by the American pilots on how to set up a pilots’ association, worked with others to create an ‘Organising Committee’. This met on 18th May 1937 to draft the Association rules which were put to a mass meeting of pilots on 27th June. Either of these dates could be regarded as the birthday of BALPA.

British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA)



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British Airline Pilots Association

Address: BALPA House

5 Heathrow Boulevard, 278 Bath Road

West Drayton

Tel: +44 (0)20 8476 4000

Fax: +44 (0)20 8476 4077

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