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. Agustin Guzman
Agustín - better known as “Agus” - flies A320s for Iberia, based in Madrid. He started his professional career in the US as a Flight Instructor in 1990 and flew for Air Europa before joining Iberia in 2000, where he also flew B737s, A330s and A340s. Agus holds many safety-related certificates, has expertise in Human Factors in aviation and is an IFALPA Accredited Accident Investigator. He has been involved in Aviation Security since joining SEPLA’s Technical Team and IFALPA’s Security Committee in 2009, and was elected Chairman in 2015. He represents the pilot community at international security fora such as those set up by ICAO, IATA, EASA and the European Commission. What probably best defines Agus is his passion for flying and everything related to it. In his free time, he loves spending time with his son and keeping fit. A former rugby player and marathon runner, he now enjoys a more relaxed way of exercising through long walks at a very comfortable slow pace!
Capt. Jo Schoenmaker
Jo is a Transavia B737 Pilot, Instructor and Examiner, based in Amsterdam. He started his career as a police officer and pilot for the Aviation Branch of the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Coastguard. He held several positions within Transavia, including safety trainer, safety officer, project manager, security advisor and security trainer. He also developed training in the areas of Security and Crew Resource Management. Jo joined the Security Committee of his home Association VNV in 2005 and became Chairman of that Committee in 2009. He was elected Vice-Chairman of IFALPA’s Security Committee in 2013. Jo and his wife live in Alphen aan den Rijn, where he’s a member of the local Rotary Club. In his free time, Jo works as a sound and light engineer for the Dutch Police Orchestra and Steelband, plays golf and enjoys diving and traveling.
Capt. Francisco E. Gómez-Ortigoza
Francisco, better known as “Paco”, flies B737s NG for Aeroméxico, based in México City. He previously flew many other aircraft types including A300F, L188F, NA265F, B737 Classic, SF340B and ERJ145. Throughout his career he held several safety positions such as Training Chief, Safety Officer and VP Safety and Security. In 2010 Paco was elected to the Executive Board of his home Association ASPA de México, and was later appointed Technical Director, and Technical and Foreign Affairs Secretary. An active member of IFALPA’s SEC Committee for many years, he was elected Vice-Chairman in 2015. Paco lives with his wife and young son Paquito in México City, and enjoys flying RC Helis and Gliders in his free time.
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.
The SEC Committee's core function is to ensure the protection of all persons involved in civil aviation and the general public against acts of unlawful interference perpetrated on the ground or in flight. To achieve this, the Committee provides expert advice on security and facilitation issues, contributes to the development of relevant ICAO Standards, Recommended Practices and associated guidance materials, and reviews any new developments and technical solutions in the field of aviation security and facilitation.