In excess of 100,000 pilots in over 100 Member Associations around the world are currently in IFALPA Membership.
Pilot Associations join IFALPA to become part of a worldwide pilots' federation because it has a voice at all of the world's major aviation forums. They participate in the specialist IFALPA Committees to contribute, learn and understand different aspects of aviation, to help formulate policies and positions. The Federation also works and interacts with other international organisations to exchange views and share problems. IFALPA expects its Member Associations to use their utmost endeavours to represent all airline pilot groups in their country in a single national organisation and to appoint an "IFALPA Director" as the main point of contact with IFALPA. Member Associations are expected to become as active as possible in IFALPA activities, especially meetings and Conferences.
Any pilots' Association wishing to apply for membership has to satisfy the Federation that it can meet the relevant criteria. Applications can only be considered at an Annual Conference, when all existing Member Associations have the opportunity to examine the information submitted by each applicant. Any Association representing air line pilots whose constitution aligns with that of the Federation is eligible to join. IFALPA currently allows only one Association per country to join. If there are a number of different pilot associations in any one country the formation of an overall "national association" for the purposes of joining the Federation is one solution which can be considered. IFALPA can assist and provide suitable draft agreements for the formation of national associations.