Captain Martin Chalk of the United Kingdom was elected as IFALPA’s 18th President during the final Plenary Session of the Federation’s 70th Conference held in Madrid in April 2015.
Capt. Chalk, who started his flying career with the Royal Air Force, has flown military training, regional, shorthaul and longhaul aircraft; and currently flies A380s for British Airways. He previously served as IFALPA’s Deputy President, a role he assumed in 2014, and was also President of the European Cockpit Association from 2005 until 2011. He has worked alongside others in our industry to further professional pilots and particularly flight safety since 1993 when he was first elected within his home association, BALPA.
Captain Chalk is married, with two adult children, and has a passion for Rugby Union. He believes Rugby is a sport which embodies many of his core beliefs - teamwork, inclusiveness, discipline, structure, strength and communication are all crucial to success.
Capt. Ron Abel
Captain Ron Abel of the United States was elected as IFALPA’s Deputy President during the final Plenary Session of the Federation’s 71st Conference held in New Orleans.
Captain Ron Abel has been an airline pilot for more than 35 years and has served in numerous roles at the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA).
Prior to his election as Deputy President, Captain Abel served as Chairman of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) Professional & Government Affairs Committee developing strategy in the areas of freedom of association, pensions, air service negotiations, globalization, contract enforcement and dispute resolution, and job security.
Captain Abel started his airline career in 1978. He is currently an Airbus 320 captain based in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Western Illinois University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa.
As Executive Vice President Administration & Finance Capt. Lypchuk has overall responsibility for IFALPA’s budgeting and finances, in conjunction with the Administration & Finance (A&F) Committee and Directorate. Prior to his election to the role in 2011, Capt. Lypchuk served for three years as Chairman of the A & F Committee. A pilot for Air Canada Jazz Capt. Lypchuk flies CRJ series aircraft.
Patrick flies A320s 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 was elected as IFALPA’s Executive Vice-President Professional & Gouvernmental Affairs during the final Plenary Session of the Federation’s 71st Conference held in New Orleans.
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 737 fleet.
Executive Vice-President ASIA/PACIFIC
Capt. Amornvaj Mansumitchai
Elected to the IFALPA Board in 2011, Capt. Mansumitchai began his IFALPA Career six years earlier in 2005 when he was named his home association’s IFALPA Director. Two years later his role expanded when he was elected as Regional Vice President Asia East in 2007. An electrical engineer graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Capt. Mansumitchai flies the A380-800 for Thai Airways and in addition to his line flying roles also acts as simulator instructor on the A380.
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. Jon Horne
Appointed to the IFALPA Board in Nov 2013, Jon Horne's role as EVP EUR is the primary liaison point with the European Cockpit Association (ECA) which he also serves as that organisation's Vice-President. Capt. Horne flies A320 for British Airways.
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.