President's Message

IFALPA President - Captain Ron Abel

Airplanes have profoundly changed our lives, and our world has never been so connected as it is now – but behind every successful flight there is an army of people working tirelessly to ensure that all aircraft arrive on time and safely at their destination. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) was founded in 1948 for the purpose of promoting the highest level of air safety worldwide.

Since then, the Federation has worked with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Regulators, Aircraft Manufacturers, Airports, Air Traffic Service Providers, Airlines, and many other organizations to make global aviation safe, secure and sustainable for everyone.

The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Federation. For seven decades, IFALPA has been the global voice of pilots, and the airline pilot’s unique perspective has been profoundly influential in making the skies safe and secure. We pride ourselves on upholding our mission at every turn; to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide and to be the global advocate of the piloting profession; providing representation, services and support to both our members and the aviation industry.

This is an exciting time for all of us—an occasion not only to celebrate our legacy of innovation and achievement, but also to advance a vision that will guide the Federation’s next 70 years. As we look into the future, it is clear we must continue to find new ways to support our unique industry while building on the strengths that have made us successful for so long: remarkable volunteers dedicated to making aviation safer every day, a community of outstanding and engaged Member Associations that share a passion to make a difference in the world, and a global reach that fosters cooperation and the exchange of ideas.

We invite you to explore our accomplishments and achievements of the past seven decades and celebrate with us 70 years of safe air travel.

Kind regards,

Ron Abel

IFALPA President