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4 President’s Message

On a century of

commercial aviation

elcome back for the first installment of InterPilot magazine for 2014! We
W hope you all had a chance to enjoy some quality time with your families over
the holidays.
As many of you may already know, on January 1st, our industry marked a mile-
stone anniversary – 100 years of commercial aviation. On New Year’s Day 1914, the
first scheduled commercial airline flight carried a sole passenger, who paid $400 for
his seat at auction, on a 23-minute flight across Tampa Bay, Florida in the US.
Since that first historic flight, the commercial aviation industry has grown at an
exponential rate. In 2013, total passenger numbers surpassed the 3 billion mark for
the first time ever.
In that time, we have discovered that commercial aviation does not just transport
Capt Don Wykoff
President, IFALPA passengers from an origin to a destination, but rather serves to unite individuals,
connecting them with other people, cultures, and experiences that enrich their lives.
Admirably, even with its rapid and continuous evolution, commercial aviation
has established itself as a very safe industry, due largely to the efforts of skilled
flight crews and their incessant adaptation to new technology and vigilance for
everyday threats.
Despite this enviable safety record, it’s imperative that pilots continue to work
proactively to maintain the safety of our industry. In order to achieve this, we must
also continue to strengthen our skills in the cockpit. One of these important skills is
effective pilot monitoring.
First, we must be clear that pilot monitoring is a very complex and dynamic skill,
and includes more than simply flight path management.
As pilots, we must make sure to engage in “active monitoring” of our aircraft flight
path at all times, which includes maintaining a mental model of the proposed flight
path within our heads as well as a shared model of the current and future state of
the airplane between the pilots. All pilots on the flight deck must be actively engaged
in either flying or monitoring the aircraft flight path throughout the flight, and must
effectively communicate with each other. It is imperative that these monitoring skills
be trained, so that we can continue to improve on our industry’s safety record, and
continue to strengthen our skills in the cockpit.
In this edition, you’ll find information on Panama, the site of the 69th IFALPA
Conference, taking place from March 28 to 31. You’ll also find a Conference Preview
on page 12, to give you an idea of what to expect at this year’s event.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Capt Don Wykoff
President, IFALPA
Vol 2 | No 1 | March 2014 InterPilot | The Safety and Technical Journal of IFALPA

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