The task of the Professional & Government Affairs Committee is to assist the Federation and its Member Associations in representing the airline pilots in industrial matters to the maximum extent possible.
To achieve this task, the Committee will:
monitor and study industrial developments in the aviation industry which may impact the airline pilot and inform the Member Associations of these developments in the most appropriate way. This can be done by a presentation at a Professional & Government Affairs Committee meeting, by organising a seminar or any other suitable method
develop policies associated with industrial matters related to the profession of the airline pilot
compile, analyse and disseminate information on regulatory and contractual issues, using the information provided by the IFALPA Regional Bodies and the Member Associations
identify and develop negotiations tactics and skills and facilitate the training of these skills so that Member Associations may more easily achieve their industrial objectives
develop and facilitate any training as deemed appropriate by the Committee. The Professional & Government Affairs Committee Chairman is responsible, in close concert with the IFALPA Professional Affairs Consultant and the IFALPA staff, for the optimal functioning of the Professional & Government Affairs Committee
at the request of Member Associations, The Professional & Government Affairs Committee is able to give tailored support on specific issues
Executive Vice-President Professional & Gouvernmental 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.
Capt. Hilario Castillo-Chavarri
Capt Hilario Castillo-Chavarri began his career at Aeromar in 2006. He has been flying for Aeromexico Connect as an ERJ FO since 2014. He became active in his home MA, ASPA Mexico as Contract Administrator for Aeromar MEC in 2011, and soon after, became their Industrial Representative. SFO Castillo-Chavarri was elected Vice Chairman for Aeromexico Connect MEC in 2015. He holds a degree in computer systems engineering. He lives in León, Guanajuato with his family.
Capt. Marcelo Ceriotti
Captain Marcelo Ceriotti was born in Sarandi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He began his piloting career in 1998. He then became a flight instructor, air taxi pilot and finally, cropduster. Since 2005 he has been flying for Gol Airlines as a Boeing 737 Captain, based in São Paulo.
Since 2013, he has been a pilot representative for his home Member Association, the Sindicato Nacional dos Aeronautas (SNA). He held the position of President of the SNA from 2013 to 2015 and became the Legal Affairs Director from 2015 to 2017. As of now, he is the International Affairs Secretary.
Cpt. Ceriotti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Aviation and a Master Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He lives in the beautiful island of Florianopolis located in southern Brazil.
Professional & Government Affairs Officer
SFO Sebastián Currás Barrios
Sebastián Currás Barrios hails from Uruguay. After completing a degree in International Relations from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Department of Commerce where he honed his negotiation skills before beginning his aviation career. Sebastián started out in 2003 as a flight attendant for Uruguay’s former national carrier, PLUNA. After becoming a pilot, he began flying in 2009 for PLUNA, where he worked as FO and SFO until 2012. In 2010, Sebastián began volunteering with his home MA, ACIPLA (ALPA Uruguay), and was IFALPA Director and an IFALPA Industrial Committee (now PGA) member. In this position he was involved with international representation of the association and assisted with collective bargaining during negotiations with airline management and government authorities. He moved to Montreal in 2016 to take up the role of IFALPA Professional and Government Affairs Officer where his responsibilities include coordination of the LEG and PGA Committees and IFALPA Negotiations Seminars. Sebastián acts as IFALPA liaison to the three pilot alliances; ASAP, SPA, and OCCC.