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
Address: BALPA House
5 Heathrow Boulevard, 278 Bath Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 8476 4000
Fax: +44 (0)20 8476 4077