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        President’s Message

               w               hile roman general Julius Caesar may have penned the earliest known use of the                         Our Federation believes that measurable and objective performance standards must be established, and

                               proverb “experience is the teacher of all things,” there’s good reason why countless
                                                                                                                                      that competence must be clearly defined. While CBTA programs hold promise, more work needs to be
                               others have offered some variation on the idea. It’s because the proverb has stood
                                                                                                                                      done before they can be applied to traditional type and instrument ratings.
                               the test of time for 2,000 years.
                                                                                                                                      Experience also teaches in other aspects of aviation safety. IFALPA recently issued a new position paper
                                                                                                                                      detailing the latest information about “hot spots”—locations in the aerodrome movement area that often
                                                                       The value of experience is no less true
                                                                                                                                      have a history of collision or runway incursions. Because experience tells us that pilots need to maintain
                                                                       when it comes to aviation safety and the
                                                                                                                                      higher vigilance and exercise greater caution at these airports, IFALPA believes that runway and taxiway
                                                                       piloting profession. This year the Feder-
                                                                                                                                      issues must be a standing agenda item at each Runway Safety Team meeting at “hot spot” aerodromes.
                                                                       ation celebrates 70 years of experience
                                                                                                                                      As the subject of regular discussion, the perspectives of pilots and others who work at the facility every
                                                                       in aviation safety advocacy through the
                                                                                                                                      day will be readily available to airport authorities. As a result, due to their experience, appropriate solu-
                                                                       International Civil Aviation Organization
                                                                                                                                      tions such as awareness campaigns, additional visual aids, and alternative routings can be put in place
                                                                       (ICAO), Regulators, Aircraft Manufactur-
                                                                                                                                      more efficiently and effectively.
                                                                       ers,  Airports,  Air  Traffic  Service  Provid-
                                                                       ers, Airlines, and many other organi-
                                                                                                                                      And the same idea of pilots learning from experience informs so many other IFALPA activities. In Septem-
                                                                       zations to  make global  aviation safe,
                                                                                                                                      ber, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association generously hosted the IFALPA Africa and Middle East regional
                                                                       secure,  and  sustainable for  everyone.
                                                                                                                                      meeting to bring together pilots engaged in safety and labor relations to share their knowledge. It was a
                                                                       We continue to bring our experience to
                                                                                                                                      privilege to join the discussion in Kenya and learn about airline pilots’ experience in the region. Similarly,
                                                                       bear  on a number  of important  issues
                                                                                                                                      IFALPA’s Helicopter Committee continued its work on new technical publications that reflect the experi-
                                                                       facing aviation today.
                                                                                                                                      ence of our pilots during its recent meeting in Montreal.
                                                                       The International Civil Aviation Organi-
                                                                                                                                      Across the globe, government leaders also recognize the value and importance of engaging with airline
                                                                       zation task force is proposing changes
                                                                                                                                      pilots and IFALPA member associations to understand their first-hand experience with safety, security,
                                                                       to Annex 1 and its procedures for air
                                                                                                                                      and human performance from our years of flying the line. During the Asia/Pacific Regional Meeting in
                                                                       navigation services and training. In this
                                                                                                                                      October, Malaysian Minister of Transport Anthony Loke Siew Fook opened the meeting—a clear demon-
                                                                       context,  IFALPA’s Human Performance
                                                                                                                                      stration of the value he places on airline pilots’ perspectives. I would like to express my special thanks to
                                                                       Committee sought to affirm the essen-
                                                                                                                                      the Malaysia Airlines Pilots’ Association for hosting the event.
                                                                       tial role that training and experience
                                                                       play in the professional development of
                                                                                                                                      And experience teaches that, to be effective, government affairs work requires staying constantly con-
                                                                       airline pilots.
                                                                                                                                      nected with key government officials on national and international levels. At IFALPA’s recent Professional
                                                                                                                                      and Government Affairs Committee meeting, Member Association representatives learned that cultivat-
                                                                       As part of this effort, IFALPA recently re-
                                                                                                                                      ing relationships with regulators and elected officials is critical. By investing time to develop relationships,
                                                                       leased  a position paper on competency-
                                                                                                                                      pilots have a strong contact when needed and are recognized as a trusted source of balanced informa-
                                                                       based training and assessment  (CBTA)
                                                                       of pilots. Because some operators  and
                                                                       regulators are currently developing and
                                                                                                                                      Experience also teaches at the bargaining table. For that reason, IFALPA is proud to continue sponsor-
                                                                       implementing  a CBTA approach  to pi-
                                                                                                                                      ing our Negotiations Seminar. The seminar is led by highly experienced instructors and includes formal
                                                                       lot licensing and training programs, it’s
                                                                                                                                      instruction as well as a simulated negotiations exercise against a strict deadline.
                                                                       more important than ever that such pro-
                                                                       grams contain certain elements and are
                 The mission of IFALPA is to promote                   properly developed, implemented, and                           To celebrate IFALPA’s 70th anniversary year, the Executive Board launched a Professional Development
                                                                                                                                      Initiative that will expand the learning opportunities available to our Membership. This campaign comes
                 the highest level of aviation safety                  maintained.                                                    with a budget of $125,000 to encourage Member Associations to host new training programs for IFALPA
                 worldwide and to be the global                        Our  Federation supports  CBTA pro-                            participants and sponsor registrations for the courses IFALPA currently offers at reduced rates.
                 advocate of the piloting profession;                  grams as another tool to enhance pilot
                                                                                                                                      Thanks to our Member Associations, our Volunteers, Elected Officers, Pilot Subject Matter Experts, and
                 providing representation, services, and               training.  However,  IFALPA  strongly  op-                     our knowledgeable professional staff, IFALPA offers a tremendous range of opportunities to learn from
                                                                       poses any effort to reduce the specific
                 support to both our members and the                                                                                  one another’s experiences. After all, no one understands more than airline pilots that experience teaches.
                                                                       hour requirements for actual flight ex-
                 aviation industry.                                    perience that allows pilots to build the
                                                                                                                                      Capt. Ron Abel
                                                                       critical skills they need to ensure safety.
                                                                                                                                      IFALPA President
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