International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations
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The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) is a worldwide association of national pilots' associations. IFALPA was founded in 1948 and is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
After the end of the Second World War as international civil aviation began to re-establish itself, pilots around the world realized that their associations could not protect them across national boundaries.) Furthermore, they did not have a voice at the newly formed International Civil Aviation Organization. At a meeting in London in April 1948 a conference of pilot associations was held that formed the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations. At the beginning of its existence the IFALPA shared offices with its British affiliate. By 1955 the organization had matured enough to establish its own headquarters in Montreal to be co-located with ICAO.
In 1976 the IFALPA had 54,000 members in 60 countries. By 2015 that had grown to over 100,000 pilots in over 100 countries.
Connections with ICAO
IFALPA has a number of standing committees in regulatory, industrial and safety/technical areas. It also has permanent membership on a number of ICAO Panels and Task Forces to provide pilot input into regulations, design criteria, Air Traffic Management and Airport requirements just to name a few.
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