Patrick flies A320s for Air France, based in Paris. Since 2003 he has been an active member of the HUPER Committee, in which he held the position of Vice-Chair, Training and Licensing. He also chaired SNPL’s technical Committee for many years and is an IFALPA-Accredited Accident Investigator. In May 2016, he was elected Executive Vice-President, Technical and Safety Standards, at the 71st IFALPA Conference in New Orleans. He represents the Federation in several key ICAO Groups, including the Flight Operations Panel (FLTOPSP) and the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Panel (RPASP). Back home, Patrick enjoys taking care of his garden, and spends long hours crafting wooden furniture.
Capt. Heriberto Salazar Eguiluz
FO Alexander Dunbar
FO Alex Dunbar began flying in 2002. He worked in both general and regional aviation before joining Virgin Australia as a First Officer on the Boeing 777, based in Brisbane. He became involved with AusALPA and IFALPA in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and served on the ATS Committee before becoming a Vice-Chairman of the AGE. He holds a degree in Aviation Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science.
Capt. Aataa Guedira
Captain Aataa Guedira attended his first IFALPA meeting in 2006, an AFI-MID Regional meeting in Casablanca. He was appointed RVP AFI West in 2010 and is now Vice-Chair of the Federation’s AGE Committee. Captain Guedira has maintained his professional development by completing trainings from USC/IFALPA on: Human Factors, Threat and Error Management, Aviation Safety Management Systems, and Accident Investigation.
A dedicated representative of his home association, AMPL-Moroccan ALPA, Captain Guedira has served as Moroccan Technical Committee Chairman, AMPL Runway Safety Team Member and Moroccan National RST Member. Captain Guedira flies B737NG for Royal Air Maroc, where he began his career in 1992.
Mr. Gordon Margison
The Committee’s Role
The Aerodrome and Ground Environment (AGE) Committee is primarily tasked with providing a liaison between the Airports community, IFALPA, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The primary focus of our work is to ensure that airports around the world adhere to ICAO Annex 14 (Aerodrome Standards) and to provide input to ICAO on the improvement of the Annex 14 Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as the industry evolves.
In order to provide a policy platform from which we can assess the requirements to update ICAO’s Annex 14, we have developed our own IFALPA Annex 14, detailing areas where we feel that improvement is needed. Our mission is to lobby ICAO and the ICAO contracting States to implement our requirements, provide input at the individual airport level on improvements, and to inform our membership where there is a difference between what we advocate as the minimum level and what is currently being provided.
Many States continue to file differences to the ICAO Annex 14 SARPs and as such our work is required and timely. As new technologies emerge, such as Visual Docking Guidance Systems (VDGS), Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) or Runway Status Lights (RWSL) we will work with the developers of such systems, to ensure that the needs of the aviation community are safely met, and if there are areas of non-compliance, that these are notified to the member associations so that additional cautions can be developed.