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.
SFO Nikolaus Braun
A graduate from University of Applied Sciences Bremen with an Engineering Degree in aeronautical sciences, Nikolaus started flying with Lufthansa in 2002 and is now a Senior First Officer on A330s and A340s. He joined the ADO Committee in 2004, was elected Vice-Chairman (Operations) in 2012 and Chairman in 2015. With a special interest in Human Machine Interface (HMI) issues, he is taking part in the rulemaking process at European (EASA) and international (ICAO) level for Electronic Flight Bags. Nikolaus is also a keen musician, both singing and playing the bass guitar.
Committee Vice-Chairman (Design)
Capt. Henry Chan
Henry flies A330s and A340s for Cathay Pacific, based in Hong-Kong. He holds an Engineering Degree in Aeronautics and a Science Degree in Air Transport Management, with extensive aviation consulting experience. He joined the ADO committee in 2010 and was elected Vice-Chairman (Design) in 2014. Henry is also an IFALPA Accredited Accident Investigator and as such is regularly involved in the work of the AAP Committee.
Committee Vice-Chairman (Operations)
Capt. Shane Tobin
Shane took his first flying lesson at the age of 14. He joined Qantas Airways in 2001, and went on doing flight instruction as well as working in AusALPA’s AGE and ATS Groups. He’s currently flying B767s for Air Japan, based in Tokyo. He joined the ADO Committee in 2011, and is the IFALPA representative to the ICAO Instrument and Flight Procedures Panel (IFPP). A keen scuba diver, Shane holds TriMix, Rescue and Divemaster qualifications. He also enjoys music and is the proud owner of 6 guitars.
Senior Technical Officer
Capt. Arnaud du Bédat
Following five years flying for a number of European airlines and another five years flying for private operators based in South Florida and the Bahamas, Arnaud joined IFALPA in 2002. Working closely with the ICAO EUR/NAT Office in Paris, he serves as Senior Technical Officer Europe, responsible for the AAP, ADO, DG and SEC Committees as well as IFALPA's accident investigation activities, and represents the Federation in many related industry Panels, Working Groups, Study Groups and Task Forces. He flies business jets on a part-time basis. A classical organist, he also enjoys playing at his local church.
Capt. Wolfgang Absmeier
A former fighter pilot and reception test pilot of the German Air Force, flying the Phantom F4-F, Wolfgang started his civilian career with LTU International Airways flying Lockheed Tri-Star and A330s. In 1998, he joined the Airbus Delivery Centre in Hamburg where he conducted test, reception and customer acceptance flights of A319s and A321s. In 2000, Wolfgang graduated from the French test pilot school EPNER, and subsequently moved to Toulouse to take up a position as an experimental test pilot. He is mainly involved in the A380 and A350 XWB programmes.
Capt. Mark Feuerstein
Mark is a former US Navy test pilot. Since joining Boeing in 1997 he has worked on commercial flight test and development programs involving the B-737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787. He is currently Boeing’s Chief Pilot for all B-747 programs, from the Classic to the new B-747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental, based in Seattle. Mark is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and fly fishing. Interestingly, his wife is also a pilot and flies the B-777.