Captain Ron Abel was elected President at the 72nd IFALPA Conference in Montreal, 2017. As President, Captain Abel is responsible for all aspects of the Federation's activities and guides the Federation’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which develops and promotes standards and recommended practices for the safety, security, and environmental sustainability of international civil aviation.
Captain Abel served as both Acting President and Deputy President prior to his election. He has held numerous leadership roles at IFALPA and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), including Chairman of the IFALPA Professional & Government Affairs Committee.
A well-known industry veteran, Captain Abel began his airline career in 1978 and is currently an Airbus 320 captain based in Chicago. He holds a BA from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Capt. Amornvaj Mansumitchai
Captain Mansumitchai was elected Deputy President at the 72nd IFALPA Conference in Montreal, 2017. His career with IFALPA began in 2005, when he was named IFALPA Director of his home MA, THAIPA, (Thai Pilots’ Association). Two years later, his role expanded when he was elected RVP Asia/East. 2011 brought a new professional development when he was elected Executive Vice President Asia/Pacific.
An electrical engineer graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Captain Mansumitchai flies the A380-800 for Thai Airways. In addition to his line flying role, he is also a simulator instructor on the A380.
As Executive Vice President Administration & Finance, Capt. Lypchuk is responsible for IFALPA’s budgeting and finances in conjunction with the Administration, Membership & Finance (AMF) Committee and Directorate. Prior to his election to the role in 2011, Capt. Lypchuk served for three years as Chairman of the AMF Committee. A pilot for Air Canada Jazz, Captain Lypchuk flies CRJ series aircraft.
Patrick flies B787-9 for Air France, based in Paris. Since 2003 he has been an active member of the HUPER Committee, in which he held the position of Vice-Chair, Training and Licensing. He also chaired SNPL’s technical Committee for many years and is an IFALPA-Accredited Accident Investigator. In May 2016, he was elected Executive Vice-President, Technical and Safety Standards, at the 71st IFALPA Conference in New Orleans. He represents the Federation in several key ICAO Groups, including the Flight Operations Panel (FLTOPSP) and the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Panel (RPASP). Back home, Patrick enjoys taking care of his garden, and spends long hours crafting wooden furniture.
Executive Vice-President Professional & Government Affairs (EVP PGA)
Capt. Jack Netskar
Captain Jack Netskar of Norway began representing his home MA, Norsk Flygerforbund (NF) in 2001 and has been their VP since 2013. He was elected IFALPA’s Executive Vice-President Professional & Governmental Affairs at the Federation’s 71st Conference in New Orleans in 2016. He is a Captain on Boeing 737NGs for SAS, based in Oslo.
Executive Vice-President AFI/MID
Capt. Souhaiel Dallel
Capt. Souhaiel Dallel was elected to the IFALPA board in October 2010. Prior to taking on this role, he was the Federation’s Regional Vice President Africa West post he was elected to in 2006. Capt. Dallel is TRE/SFE Captain on Tunisair’s A319-320 fleet.
Executive Vice-President ASIA/PACIFIC
Capt. Ishtiaque Hossain
Captain Ishtiaque Hossain was elected to the IFALPA Board as EVP Asia/Pacific at the 72nd Conference in Montreal, 2017. He began as IFALPA Director of his home MA, BAPA (Bangladesh Airline Pilots’ Association), in 2008. In 2012, he was nominated for RVP Asia/West by the IFALPA Board, and was later elected to the same position in which he served three consecutive terms.
Capt Hossain flies the Boeing 777-300ER for the national flag carrier of Bangladesh-Biman Bangladesh Airline. He is an IFALPA-Accredited Aircraft Accident Investigator (AAI), a member of International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), a founder member of the ICAO Asia-Pacific Accident Investigation Group (AIG), an IATA accredited ground safety auditor.
He completed his flight training from Bangladesh Flying Academy in 1991, and later from British Aerospace Flying College. His wife, (who was his class-mate in flight school), is also an airline pilot. They are blessed with a son.
Executive Vice-President CAR/SAM
Capt. Osvaldo Neto
Captain Osvaldo Jodas Lopes Neto was elected as Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Caribbean/South America (CAR/SAM) region at the 70th IFALPA Conference in 2015 held in Madrid.
Since 2005, he flies as Captain B737 for GOL Airlines. In addition to that, he serves as the Executive Director of the Brazilian National Flight Crew Union.
Executive Vice-President Europe
Capt. Otjan de Bruijn
Working as a B777 Captain at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines since 1989. Captain de Bruijn is also Vice-President of ECM.
Executive Vice-President NAM
Capt. Mike Geer
Captain Mike Geer of the United States was elected as IFALPA’s Executive Vice-President NAM during the final Plenary Session of the Federation’s 71st Conference held in New Orleans. He was hired by Delta Air Lines in 1991 and has flown 727, 767, and is currently a 737 Captain. He has served ALPA-I in several local and national positions. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Business Administration.
Note: The sole purpose of listing countries and territories below is to outline the geographical dimensions of the area of responsibility, and does not constitute any validity of a political recognition or representation by IFALPA.
Africa - East:Capt. Samir Ahmed
Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Uganda, United Republic ofTanzania. Overwater airspace of Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Mogadishu and Nairobi FIRs
Africa - North:Capt. Sabreddine Salaa
Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Western Sahara. Overwater airspace of Tunis, Algers, Casablanca and Canaries FIRs
Africa - South:Capt. Carl Bollweg
Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rèunion (France), South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe Overwater airspace of Luanda, Windhoek, Cape Town FIRs and the airspace extending westwards from 05 50S 35E to 12 00S 10 00W to90 00S to 27 00S 75 00E and the over water airspace of Mauritius, Tananarive, Beira, Durban and Port Elizabeth FIRs
Africa - West:Capt. Eli Joseph Badji
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, United Republic of Cameroon Overwater airspace of Sal Oceanic, Dakar Oceanic, Roberts, Daka and Accra FIRs.
Middle East - East:Capt. Rola Hoteit
Bahrain, Egypt Arab Republic of, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria Arab Republic of, Yemen. Overwater airspace of Teheran, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Jeddah, Aden, Tripoli and Khartoum, Kuwait FIRs.
Middle East - West:Capt. Itzhak Brandt
Israel, Overwater airspace of Tel Aviv FIR.
Asia - East:Capt. Jaffar Hassan
Brunei, China (Taiwan) Democratic Kampuchea, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos (People's Democratic Republic), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Socialist Republic of Vietnam Overwater airspace of Ujung Pandang, Surabaya, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok FIRs.
Asia - West:Capt. Shavantha Pedris
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Overwater airspace of Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Colombo, Yangon, and Male FIRs.
North Pacific:Capt. Brian Legge
West Coast of North America westwards, including the Aleutian Island Chain, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic or Korea, Mangolia. Overwater airspace of FIRs Anchorage, Anchorage Oceanic, Naha, Tokyo, Laegu, Shanghai, Bejing and PYongyang FIRs
South Pacific:Capt. David Griffin
American Samoa, Australia, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federate States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue Island, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis Islands, Western Samoa Overwater airspace of Micronesia, Port Moresby, Brisbane, Melbourne, Tahiti, Auckland FIRs .Oceanic, unnamed airspace (ex-Honiara), are as south of the equator extending from the eastern boundaries of FIRs, Brisbane, ex-Honiara and north of Auckland Oceanic extending east to 157 00E. Also includes airspace extending south from the above-mentioned FIRs and from south of Easter Island FIR to 90 00S.
South America - North:Capt. Diana Martinez
Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Overwater airspace of Barranquilla, Rochambeau FIRs and unnamed airspace bounded on the east by Guayaquil and Lima FIRs, on the south by 15 00S, on the west by 120 00W and on the north by the equator.
South America - South:Capt. Daniel Bianco
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, including Easter Island, Paraguay and Uruguay. Overwater airspace of Antofagasta, Santiago, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Comodoro Rivadavia, Ezeiza, Montevideo, Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Recife and Belem FIRs, plus the polar region extending south to 90 00S and bounded by 10 00W, 90 00W and Easter Island FIR.
Europe:European Cockpit Assiciation (ECA)
For more information on regional coverage, please consult the ECA Website.
Caribbean - East:Capt. Erich (Chris) Witt
Antigua, Bahamas Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Antilles, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands, West Indies Associated States, Leeward Islands Overwater airspace of Miami Oceanic, Houston Oceanic, Nassau, St. Juan, Piarco, Curacao, Santo Domingo and Port-au- Prince FIRs
Caribbean - West:Capt. Francisco E. Gómez-Ortigoza
Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Overwater airspace of Central America, Habana, Kingston, Mazatland, Merida, Mexico Oceanic, Monterrey and Panama FIRs, plus the airspace bounded on the north by Mexico Oceanic, on the east of FIRS Panama and Guayaquil on the south by the equator and on the west by 120 00W.
Can/Arctic:Capt. Peter Black
Canada and the Arctic region. Overwater airspace of FIRs Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.
North Atlantic:Capt. Carlos Rodriguez
The North Atlantic area not covered by the CAN/ARC, CAR, SAM, EUR and AFI Regions. Overwater airspace of FIRs Sondestrom, Reykjavik, Gander, Shanwick Oceanic, Santa Maria Oceanic and New York Oceanic
United States / CEP:Capt. Ron Hay
United States and the Pacific between the West Coast of Continental U.S.A. and Hawaii. Overwater airspace of FIRs Oakland Oceanic, Honolulu, Seattle, San Fancisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, New York and Boston.
Professional Staff are based in IFALPA Headquarters in Canada and are responsible for supporting the work of the Federation on a day-to-day basis. The Directorate works closely with the Executive Board to ensure that the Board’s strategy and decisions are implemented.
Meanwhile, Captain Mike Jackson, the Representative to ICAO, is based at the ICAO building. He is a permanent IFALPA observer on the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) and plays a major part in implementing the Federation’s policies, by influencing the development of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.
The mission of IFALPA is to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide and to be the global advocate of the piloting profession; providing representation, services and support to both our members and the aviation industry.
This goal is realized through our core function, which is to represent our members by:
Interacting with international organizations to achieve the highest level of aviation safety.
Promoting the highest level of safety worldwide.
Developing common policies and positions and promoting the adoption of such policies by ICAO, regulatory authorities and the State of each Member Association.
Promoting and enhancing the role and status of professional pilots in ensuring the safety of the aircraft and well-being of passengers and goods entrusted to their care.
Promoting a viable and expanding air transport industry.
Providing professional development for the benefit of professional pilots.
Providing Member Associations with services as needed.
Assisting in the organizational development of Member Associations.
Supporting Member Associations by providing expertise in the areas of Technical, Safety, Regulatory and Industrial issues.
Facilitating the exchange of information reports and the co-ordination of activities amongst Member Associations and Pilot Alliances through various forums such as Conference, Regional Meetings and Standing Committees.