Executive Vice-President Professional & Gouvernmental Affairs (EVP PGA)
Capt. Jack Netskar
Captain Jack Netskar of Norway began representing his home MA, Norsk Flygerforbund (NF) in 2001 and has been their VP since 2013. He was elected IFALPA’s Executive Vice-President Professional & Governmental Affairs at the Federation’s 71st Conference in New Orleans in 2016. He is a Captain on Boeing 737NGs for SAS, based in Oslo.
Capt. Oliver Sellmann
Mr. James Johnson
Professional & Government Affairs Officer
SFO Sebastián Currás Barrios
Sebastián Currás Barrios hails from Uruguay. After completing a degree in International Relations from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Department of Commerce where he honed his negotiation skills before beginning his aviation career. Sebastián started out in 2003 as a flight attendant for Uruguay’s former national carrier, PLUNA. After becoming a pilot, he began flying in 2009 for PLUNA, where he worked as FO and SFO until 2012. In 2010, Sebastián began volunteering with his home MA, ACIPLA (ALPA Uruguay), and was IFALPA Director and an IFALPA Industrial Committee (now PGA) member. In this position he was involved with international representation of the association and assisted with collective bargaining during negotiations with airline management and government authorities. He moved to Montreal in 2016 to take up the role of IFALPA Professional and Government Affairs Officer where his responsibilities include coordination of the LEG and PGA Committees and IFALPA Negotiations Seminars. Sebastián acts as IFALPA liaison to the three pilot alliances; ASAP, SPA, and OCCC.
To provide legal advice to the Federation as required by the Executive Board or Conference through:
Responding to requests for legal opinions and the development of positions on legal issues.
Undertaking specific legal projects assigned by the Executive Officers or Conference.
Providing legal support and advice to IFALPA’s representatives at International Organisations when requested and authorised to do so by the Executive Board.
To assist IFALPA in its mission to be the global voice of professional pilots, to promote the highest level of aviation safety world-wide and to provide representation, services and support to its Member Associations.
The LEG consists of a mixture of legally trained pilots and qualified lawyers drawn from the IFALPA Member Associations. It has various functions:
It oversees the collection and dissemination of practical legal advice and contact numbers for the use of members involved in accident or incidents away abroad.
It monitors legal developments in the Member Association countries for possible impact on the members, and advises accordingly, e.g. the introduction of random drug and alcohol testing.
It shares and compares the application of certain laws in different countries, e.g discrimination laws/labour laws for the mutual benefit of the LEG members.
It gives legal advice to other IFALPA committees on request.
It gives generic legal advice to Member Associations on request.
It provides general legal guidance to Member Associations on a proactive basis, e.g. the handling of drug and alcohol charges.
In conjunction with IFALPA committees, it prepares lobbying material and presentations, attends international conferences and other meetings to further the aims of IFALPA, e.g. the campaign to see the universal adoption of Annex 13 and the legal protections contained therein.
It supports the campaigns of Member Associations where there has been a miscarriage of justice in the legal treatment of a pilot/s because of their work.