Apr 25, 2019


Berlin, Germany

General Information

9th Annual Global Pilots’ Symposium

The ninth edition of this highly-anticipated symposium will be held on 25 April 2019 at the Maritim proArte Hotel (Friedrichstrasse 151, 10117 Berlin,Germany).


Past Symposia



9:00 - 9:15 Opening of GPS2019

Capt. Ron Abel 
IFALPA President

9:15 - 9:45 Keynote Speaker

Willie Walsh
CEO International Airlines Group

9:45 - 10:45 TNA Pilots Groups

Trans National Airlines continue to present several challenges for pilot groups around the globe: from mergers and airline acquisitions to Joint Ventures and cross-border ownership and control.

Panelists will focus on updating established national union structures and preventing the pitting of one pilot group against another.

This panel will also provide tools for, and stress the importance of, effective transnational representation in the face of these everchanging and intricate corporate structures.

Modetrated by: 

Capt. Martin Stork
President Norwegian Pilot Group (NPG)


Capt. Yngve Carlsen

Capt. Patrick Barbary
Chairman easyJet Pilot Group

11:15 - 11:45 Pilot Unity in an Era of Trans-national Airlines

Professor Peter Turnbull
University of Bristol 

13:15 - 14:15 Leadership

In this segment, panelists will concentrate on their expertise in leading pilot groups and the challenges they experienced in day to day decision making.

The panel will analyze the required leadership skills for current and future union representatives.

Moderated by: 

Capt. John Sluys


Capt. Evan Cullen
President, IALPA

Capt. John J. Malone

Capt. Ilja Schulz

14:45 - 15:45 Pilot Unity

Today’s piloting profession faces, more than ever before, the complexities of liberalization and the associated risks of having a growing number of isolated pilot groups.

This panel will share with the audience their experience on how to encourage and strengthen pilot groups through more trusted and recognized leaders.

Moderated by:

Capt. Luigie Martinez


Capt. Daniel Bianco
IFALPA Regional Vice-President SAM/South

FO Nigel Chew

Capt. Chuck Dyer

15:45 - 16:15 Great Leadership: Staying in Control

Mark Hamlin 
Chairman OR group

16:15 - 16:30 Closing Remarks

Capt. Luigie Martinez

Capt. Al Gaspari
Chairman of the Associations of Star Alliance Pilots at ASAP

Capt. Kelly Ison
Chairman of the International Alliance Committee for APA

Organizing Committee

GPS2019 Emcee:

Capt. Rola Hoteit
Regional Vice-President MID/ East

GPS2019 Coordinators: 

Capt. Otjan de Brujin

Capt. Jack Netskar
IFALPA EVP Professional and Government Affairs