The Professional Pilots Union

The PPU was formed to
enhance the working
conditions, pay and
professional status of every
professional pilot in the UK

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.
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.

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.

  • Representation at statutory, private and/or public enquiries
  • Employment disputes
  • Personal injury claims against third parties
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.
To report a claim between 9am and 5pm weekdays (except bank holidays), members can login online at A 24-hour helpline is also available for members, offering legal advice on personal matters in conjunction with EU law.
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.
No, this is not a requirement and they are not allowed to ask their employees this question.
Yes, you can. The PPU encourages cadets to join a union and very much welcomes new pilots.


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