Captain Ron Abel was elected President at the 72nd IFALPA Conference in Montreal, 2017. As President, Captain Abel is responsible for all aspects of the Federation's activities and guides the Federation’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which develops and promotes standards and recommended practices for the safety, security, and environmental sustainability of international civil aviation.
Captain Abel served as both Acting President and Deputy President prior to his election. He has held numerous leadership roles at IFALPA and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), including Chairman of the IFALPA Professional & Government Affairs Committee.
A well-known industry veteran, Captain Abel began his airline career in 1978 and is currently an Airbus 320 captain based in Chicago. He holds a BA from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Capt. Amornvaj Mansumitchai
Captain Mansumitchai was elected Deputy President at the 72nd IFALPA Conference in Montreal, 2017. His career with IFALPA began in 2005, when he was named IFALPA Director of his home MA, THAIPA, (Thai Pilots’ Association). Two years later, his role expanded when he was elected RVP Asia/East. 2011 brought a new professional development when he was elected Executive Vice President Asia/Pacific.
An electrical engineer graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Captain Mansumitchai flies the A380-800 for Thai Airways. In addition to his line flying role, he is also a simulator instructor on the A380.
As Executive Vice President Administration & Finance, Capt. Lypchuk is responsible for IFALPA’s budgeting and finances in conjunction with the Administration, Membership & Finance (AMF) Committee and Directorate. Prior to his election to the role in 2011, Capt. Lypchuk served for three years as Chairman of the AMF Committee. A pilot for Air Canada Jazz, Captain Lypchuk flies CRJ series aircraft.
Patrick flies B787-9 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.
Executive Vice-President Professional & Government 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.
Executive Vice-President AFI/MID
Capt. Souhaiel Dallel
Capt. Souhaiel Dallel was elected to the IFALPA board in October 2010. Prior to taking on this role, he was the Federation’s Regional Vice President Africa West post he was elected to in 2006. Capt. Dallel is TRE/SFE Captain on Tunisair’s A319-320 fleet.
Executive Vice-President ASIA/PACIFIC
Capt. Ishtiaque Hossain
Captain Ishtiaque Hossain was elected to the IFALPA Board as EVP Asia/Pacific at the 72nd Conference in Montreal, 2017. He began as IFALPA Director of his home MA, BAPA (Bangladesh Airline Pilots’ Association), in 2008. In 2012, he was nominated for RVP Asia/West by the IFALPA Board, and was later elected to the same position in which he served three consecutive terms.
Capt Hossain flies the Boeing 777-300ER for the national flag carrier of Bangladesh-Biman Bangladesh Airline. He is an IFALPA-Accredited Aircraft Accident Investigator (AAI), a member of International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), a founder member of the ICAO Asia-Pacific Accident Investigation Group (AIG), an IATA accredited ground safety auditor.
He completed his flight training from Bangladesh Flying Academy in 1991, and later from British Aerospace Flying College. His wife, (who was his class-mate in flight school), is also an airline pilot. They are blessed with a son.
Executive Vice-President CAR/SAM
Capt. Osvaldo Neto
Captain Osvaldo Jodas Lopes Neto was elected as Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Caribbean/South America (CAR/SAM) region at the 70th IFALPA Conference in 2015 held in Madrid.
Since 2005, he flies as Captain B737 for GOL Airlines. In addition to that, he serves as the Executive Director of the Brazilian National Flight Crew Union.
Executive Vice-President Europe
Capt. Otjan de Bruijn
Working as a B777 Captain at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines since 1989. Captain de Bruijn is also Vice-President of ECM.
Executive Vice-President NAM
Capt. Mike Geer
Captain Mike Geer of the United States was elected as IFALPA’s Executive Vice-President NAM during the final Plenary Session of the Federation’s 71st Conference held in New Orleans. He was hired by Delta Air Lines in 1991 and has flown 727, 767, and is currently a 737 Captain. He has served ALPA-I in several local and national positions. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Business Administration.
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