Mar 18, 2021



General Information

10th Annual Global Pilots’ Symposium
Rethink, Reimagine, Reset
Pilots Helping Pilots

2021 will mark the 10th Global Pilots Symposium. Hosted by IFALPA and the three global pilot alliances: Association of Star Alliance Pilots (ASAP), Oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition (OCCC) and SkyTeam Pilots’ Association (SPA), the tenth edition of the GPS will be virtually held on Thursday 18 March 2021 from 1300-1530 UTC. You can now watch GPS here.

The symposium will be divided into two parts. The first part will feature compelling stories of how the world's pilots have helped other pilots throughout the last year, specifically in areas of safety, COVID-19 support, pilot redundancies, and the work of the IFALPA Response Team (IRT). The second half of the symposium will feature a panel discussion moderated by IFALPA Professional and Government Affairs Vice-Chair Capt. Karine Gély. She will be joined by pilot leaders from IFALPA, ECA, ALPA, and the three pilot alliances – ASAP, OCCC and SPA – and she will invite them to address many topics including our global response as pilots to the challenges presented by the pandemic including restructuring the industry, our profession and working towards a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable industry.

We invite all IFALPA, ASAP, OCCC, and SPA Member Associations to join us on 18 March and we encourage you to distribute the meeting link amongst your membership.


Past Symposia




Opening Words: Captain Jack Netskar, IFALPA President

Emcee: Captain John Sluys, OCCC Vice Chairman/Alaska Airlines, ALPA-I (USA)

Avianca/ACDAC Colombia

Rebuilding relationships

Captain Jaime Hernandez Sierra – ACDAC Colombia President
Anko van der Werff – CEO Avianca


Spreading a positive safety culture

Captain Mike Wilkinson – Safety Committee, Delta MEC, ALPA-I (USA)
Captain Francisco Gomez Ortigoza – Former Technical Director, ASPA de Mexico
First Officer Piet-Hein Eldering – Chairman, SPA Committee, VNV Netherlands

PIA Pakistan/PALPA

Facing multiple issues beyond the pandemic

Captain Maqsood Ahmed Bijarani - PALPA Vice-President
Captain Majid Akhter – PALPA Executive Committee Member

IFALPA Response Team (IRT)

A New Approach

Ana McAhron-Schulz – IFALPA Consultant
Captain Kelly Ison – OCCC/APA Chairman International Alliance Committee
Captain Brian Shury – IFALPA PGA Director

South African Airways/SAAPA/ASAP

Pilot Alliances helping their members

Captain Grant Back – SAAPA President
Captain Craig Malcolm – ASAP Chairman


All pilots are our pilots


First Officer Piet-Hein Eldering – Chairman, SPA Safety Committee/VNV Netherlands
Captain Guillermo Jose Masnata (Retired) – Safety Chair, APLA Argentina
Captain Pieter Daniëls – Martinair Board Member, VNV Netherlands
First Officer Dara van Langen – International Affairs, VNV Netherlands


Quarantined in Hong Kong and caring for every pilot like they are your pilots

Captain Tad Hazelton – HKAOA Chairman, Hong Kong
Captain Jeremy Keyes – Kalitta Air MEC Chair, ALPA-I (USA)
First Officer Robert Banks – Kalitta Air, ALPA United States
Captain Jeff Sterling - Kalitta Air MEC CIRP Chair, ALPA-I (USA)
Captain Colin Jervis – HKALPA Board Member, Hong Kong

Alaska Airlines/ALPA

Early retirement: a father passes on his legacy to his daughter

Captain John “Big Bird” Knierim - Alaska Airlines, ALPA-I (USA)
First Officer Sara Zieske - Alaska Airlines, ALPA-I (USA)



Captain Karine Gély – IFALPA PGA Committee Vice Chair - ECA Professional Affairs Director


           Captain Jack Netskar – IFALPA President
           Captain Otjan de Bruijn – ECA President
           Captain Bob Fox - ALPA-I First Vice President
           Captain Kevin Judkins – OCCC Chairman
           Captain Jason Ambrosi – SPA Chairman
           Captain Craig Malcolm – ASAP Chairman