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Frequently Asked Questions

We have included our frequently asked questions below. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please get in touch here. 
What do I get when I join the PPU?

Protection at every level – personally, locally and nationally. We give our pilots legal protection, help and support when they need it most.

We provide £2,500 for emergency legal assistance in the event of an incident or accident, and also give you the choice of either £250,000 or £125,000 legal cover.

Members also get access to the members’ area of the website and of course, the forum, where discussion and open debate are both encouraged and extremely useful.

What can the PPU do for me in the event of a crisis?

The PPU crisis line is available to assist members wherever they are in the world – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In the event of an accident or serious incident, you may contact the PPU global crisis line. Following your correspondence with the PPU Crisis Line staff, the PPU Crisis Response team will then take “ownership” of your case and advise your insurer of the situation.

If necessary, they may also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Crisis Line or seek further legal advice on your behalf.

The PPU Group policy also covers members for:

  • Representation at statutory, private and/or public enquiries
  • Employment disputes
  • Personal injury claims against third parties
How much does it cost to join the PPU?

The cost to join the PPU, varies depending on your role. Our monthly rates are as follows:

  • Captains £51.77  
  • Senior First Officers £34.68
  • First Officer £23.21

*These rates reduce for part time members.

On top of the membership fee each member must have the legal cover which PPU offer. Cover up to £125,000 is £19.29 per month and cover up to £250,000 is £26.18 per month, which is added to the monthly PPU direct debit.

How do I contact legal aid?

To report a claim between 9am and 5pm weekdays (except bank holidays), members can login online at www.arag.co.uk/newclaims.

A 24-hour helpline is also available for members, offering legal advice on personal matters in conjunction with EU law.

How much insurance cover do I get with the PPU?
There are two options, decided upon by the member as part of the “signing up” process. These are set at £125,000 or £250,000.
Can I join the PPU if I am still in training?
Yes, you can. The PPU encourages cadets to join a union and very much welcomes new pilots.
Do I have to tell my company of my union affiliation?
No, this is not a requirement and they are not allowed to ask their employees this question.

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