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4 President’s Message

Safety & Security:

everyone’s responsibility

W elcome back for this year’s third installment of InterPilot Magazine.

Following the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July,
IFALPA has been heavily involved in the process of trying to determine how to ensure the
safety and security of our industry, so that such an event never recurs.
Much of this hard work has been done in the context of the ICAO-established senior-level
Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones (TFRCZ), alongside other
industry organizations, in meetings held in Montreal throughout August.
This task force was created to address safety and security issues related to civilian aircraft
operating to, from, and over conflict zones, and to explore how relevant information can be
effectively collected and disseminated.
No matter how hard the task force works, however, it’s important to remember that change
begins at home. This means that each one of us, as members of the global aviation commu-
Capt Don Wykoff nity, is a key part of the security and safety chain. Each one of us has a responsibility to get
President, IFALPA involved, as we all have a vested interest in ensuring that our air space and the air space we
fly into, remains safe and secure.
How do we do that, as individuals? By getting involved! This means attending committee
meetings, representing your regions and your concerns, and looking for solutions together
as a global aviation team. We are each a part of the global “Safety Task Force”, so make sure
your voice is heard.
For a list of IFALPA meetings, see our “IFALPA Events” listing on Page 7 of this edition, or
sign into the Members Area of our website ( to learn more.

Capt Don Wykoff
President, IFALPA

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