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A Message From Our

New President

was honoured, in April at the 70th Annual Conference, to be elected IFALPA President.
I In standing for this role I was aware that I had some large shoes to fill in Captain Don
Wykoff, who has been the Federation’s President for the last four years. I am humbled to
follow in the footsteps of such a dedicated and hardworking servant of professional pilots
across the world.
Don has taken the Federation from strength to strength; ensuring financial stability at
a time of many difficulties, even for some of our oldest and most effective Member
Associations; growing our influence in Montreal with ICAO and IATA and many other
influential civil aviation organisations, and developing a hard-working and professional
staff team.
Capt. Martin Chalk
The challenges facing the Federation today are both similar to and very different from
President, IFALPA those we have faced in the past. It is hard to find a pilot association anywhere in the world
whose history has not been dominated to one degree or another by the struggle to enable
professional pilots to discharge their responsibilities free from the insidious effects of
fatigue. Today’s challenges lie in ensuring the effective and positive implementation of
FRMS, and resisting the “smash and grab” style of implementation which sees FRMS used
only as a means to justify increased productivity. At the other end of the scale, the current
push from some Member States of ICAO for wholesale liberalisation of the rules surround-
ing international route rights has the potential to send aviation the way of the maritime
industry; flags of convenience regulators destroying aviation safety, shareholder value and
quality employment everywhere.
IFALPA’s efforts are organised by the elected officers and professional staff – but its
strength lies not in this small, dedicated team; but in the breadth and depth of the expertise,
professionalism and unity of its more than 100,000 professional pilots; members of the
more than 100 professional pilot associations across the world. The experts on everything
from airport infrastructure to lithium batteries, from next generation air traffic
management systems to human factors and pilot training systems; these are all drawn from
the ranks of the pilot associations who are members of our IFALPA family.
My aim as President of this highly regarded, widely respected IFALPA team is to further
grow our influence, further widen our appeal and further develop our membership to
ensure we can even better deliver on our aim; not just to be the Global Voice of Pilots, but
a voice that is sought out and listened to.

Capt. Martin Chalk
President, IFALPA

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