Capt. Martin Chalk was elected in 2015 as the 18th president of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), which serves over 100,000 airline pilots represented by more than 100 member associations from around the world. Commenting on his election Capt. Chalk promised the delegates “I will work hard to repay your faith”, and called upon all pilots worldwide: “Unity – we must live and breathe it.”
He previously served as IFALPA’s deputy president, a role he assumed in 2014, and was also president of the European Cockpit Association from 2005 until 2011.
Having started his flying career with the Royal Air Force, Chalk has 28 years of professional pilot experience in military, regional, commuter, and short and long-haul posts. He currently flies A380s for British Airways.
Paul Rinaldi began his three-year term as the sixth president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in October 2009. In March 2012, Rinaldi was re-elected by acclamation and again in April 2015 for an unprecedented third term as NATCA president. A 16-year veteran air traffic controller from Washington-Dulles Tower (IAD), Rinaldi served three years as executive vice president prior to being elected as union president.
Rinaldi has served NATCA in a variety of roles since the beginning of his air traffic controller career. In 1991, Rinaldi was immediately drawn to representing the hard-working men and women at IAD. He was elected as vice president of the facility's local NATCA chapter in 1995 and became the facility representative a year later. In 2003, Rinaldi accepted the challenge to represent the entire Eastern Region and agreed to serve as the region's alternate vice president.
Rinaldi has spent his entire Federal Aviation Administration career working tirelessly on behalf of union members. His leadership as IAD facility representative resulted in 100 percent of the bargaining unit members becoming dues-paying NATCA members. Because of his experience and knowledge in labour relations, Rinaldi was asked on two occasions to serve as a member of NATCA's National Contract Team.
Rinaldi has also served the union as an Eastern Region Third Level Grievance Team member, a trained arbitration advocate since 2000, and an air safety investigator from 1997 to 2006. In addition, he served many responsibilities in the opening of the Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, which brought together control of the terminal airspace for the entire Washington, D.C. area under one roof.
Enjoying unprecedented success with winning grievances on behalf of NATCA members both locally and regionally, Rinaldi has negotiated countless agreements with the agency on a variety of issues, all resulting in a better quality of life for the membership. Moreover, Rinaldi has extensive congressional and media experience and has been an outspoken advocate for air traffic controllers on the national stage.
Rinaldi, a native of Island Park, N.Y., resides in Manassas, Va., with his wife, Debra. They have two sons, Anthony and Nicholas, and a daughter, Olivia.
Following a first career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an Engineering Officer, Graeme moved into the electrical power industry.
The pull of aviation eventually saw him serve a brief stint with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the late 90's, where he led the Airline Surveillance function. He subsequently moved to the Air New Zealand Group as one of Mount Cook Airline’s senior management team.
In 2004, Graeme returned to the CAA as General Manager, Personnel Licensing and Aviation Services with executive responsibility for regulatory functions related to aviation security, airspace, airports, and personnel licensing functions.
More recently Graeme has had the role of Chief Operating Officer; has acted as Assistant Director, and from April 2011 managed a programme of change aimed at enhancing the performance of the CAA and bringing together its regulatory and aviation security service delivery functions.
He became the CAA’s Chief Executive in May 2012.
Moderator of the Panel
Karl Perry is a well respected Facilitator, Thinking Coach and Culture Consultant. He is also a skilled Human Resources, Employment Relations and Organisational Development Practitioner.
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Alan’s career started with the RNZAF in 1975 as an Engineer before moving to the flying ranks as a Flight Engineer in 1984. He then went on to fly with Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic as a Flight Engineer on the B747-200.
In 2000 Alan moved to the Virgin Atlantic Safety Department as the airline Flight Safety Manager and was made Head of Safety Services in 2003.
In October 2005 he came back to Air New Zealand (Air NZ) as their Operational Integrity Manager before picking up the Investigations portfolio in 2006.
Currently he is responsible for oversight of the Part 12 investigations, the Flight Data Programme (FOQA), Safety Communication and the Operational Risk Management process / plans at Air NZ.
Daryl Hickey joined Airservices Australia in 1989 as a trainee Flight Service Officer and after training in Melbourne, he worked in Sydney Flight Service. In late 1995, Daryl commenced Air Traffic Control training and gained his first ATC rating in Melbourne En-route in early 1997. Having worked the traffic adjacent to Sydney Terminal Control Unit (TCU) for over 10 years, he transferred to Sydney Approach in late 2007, where he still works today. At various times throughout his career Daryl has worked as an instructor at the ATC College, an OJTI and a Subject Matter Expert on several projects.
On an industrial level, Daryl became the Civil Air Australia delegate for Melbourne Centre in 2003 and held that role until shortly before transferring to Sydney. In early 2008 he became the Sydney Towers/TCU delegate before taking up the role of Vice President Communication on the Committee of Management in 2011. In August 2012 Daryl was elected as President of Civil Air which he was re-elected for in 2014. Daryl’s current term as President will finish on July 31st this year and he has decided that he does not wish to stand again.
Daryl has had the honour of being able to travel extensively around the world to represent Civil Air at many international conferences – his first conference was the IFATCA regional meeting in Christchurch. Throughout this time, Daryl has identified that many of the challenges we face are very similar and he strongly believes it is the relationships that we build by attending conferences such as this one that will be our greatest strength in facing the challenges of the future.
Mike graduated as a Doctor in 1990 in London and has since completed specialist training in both anaesthesia (2000) and intensive care medicine (2002). Mike has worked as a consultant intensivist at the CVICU for the last 13 years. He is currently the lead Senior Medical Officer for quality and patient safety for the cardiovascular directorate in ACH.
Mike has also served on the College of Intensive Care Medicine National Committee, including three years as the Committee Chair. He is an Instructor for the Early Management of Anaesthetic Crises Course and has developed his interest in simulation based training for the last six years, developing an insitu simulation based training program for the cardiovascular directorate over the last 4 years.
He is keen fisherman and a nervous flyer.
Originally born in Liverpool England, Peter came to Canada in 1971 at the age of 7.
Peter began his air traffic control career in 1991 in the North Bay Terminal Control Unit (TCU). Peter relocated to Toronto Area Control Centre (YYZ ACC) in 1993 when the TCU was closed and he remained there in the capacity of a supervisor/controller until he left to pursue a full time position in Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA).
Between 1993 and 2009, Peter held various CATCA positions on a volunteer basis as a controller. These included: YYZ ACC Branch Steward; YYZ ACC Branch Secretary; YYZ ACC Vice Chair and YYZ ACC Branch Chair. In both 2005 and 2008, Peter was elected to the National Bargaining Committee.
In 2009, Peter was elected to the full time position of CATCA Central Region Vice President. Peter went on to be elected as President of CATCA in May 2014, a position he was re-elected for in March 2016.
Peter has attended 7 conventions, numerous training seminars and the Special General Meeting that was convened in Port Elgin. Peter has also sat on 5 CATCA collective bargaining committees. In 2009, Peter’s experience in collective bargaining was expanded when he sat on the bargaining committee in Goose Bay Labrador. There, he helped negotiate a contract that was ratified by 100% of the members CATCA represents that work for SERCO.
Peter has been married to his wife Patty, a controller in Waterloo Tower, for 23 years.
Paul is Chair of the UK Air Traffic Controller Officer's (ATCO's) Branch of Prospect, the union representing Air Traffic Controllers and ATM specialists in the UK.
Prospect membership consists of over 2,000 Air Traffic Controllers and as Chair he represents their interests both in the UK and Internationally. He first became active in the Union in 1987, the week after he went solo on radar. He has held many positions as a local facility representative which include being both the West Drayton and Swanwick Area Control facility Section Chair.
Paul was elected to the Prospect ATCOs’ Branch National Executive in 1993 where he has held positions with specific responsibilities for Conditions of Service, Salaries and Structure, and Working Practices. He was elected Vice Chair in 2003 and became Chair of the ATCOs' Branch in 2006 – a role he currently holds.
A career ATCO, he joined NATS in 1984. A product of 59 Cadet Course, he graduated with Aerodrome, Approach, Approach Radar, Area and Area Radar ratings. He was posted to the London Air Traffic Control Centre, West Drayton where he held validations on Daventry, Clacton, North Sea and Dover sectors. During his time at West Drayton he became an OJTI, and both an ATC Examiner and ATC Investigator. On the closure of West Drayton in 2002, Paul transferred to the new London Area Control Centre at Swanwick, Hampshire, where he still works today.
Now fully seconded as Chair of the ATCOs’ Branch, he maintains his Operational ticket in the London Area Control room. Paul was elected to the position of Chair of the Air Traffic Services Committee of ITF in 2014 - ITF works to defend the rights of civil aviation workers globally.
Away from work Paul likes fine wines, good food, good company and all things Manchester United. He would happily sit and watch the grass grow at Old Trafford.
After a distinguished 41 year military career with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) where he completed his service as the Chief of Air Force, Peter Stockwell joined CTC Aviation in May 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer – Ab Initio Training (NZ), to lead the Hamilton-based Flight Training Organisation (FTO).
Peter’s flying background was as a navigator on the RNZAF’s air transport and training fleets where he flew around 7000 hours on B170 Bristol Freighters, C130 Hercules, Boeing 727, F27 Fokker Friendship and several other types. He is a Qualified Navigation Instructor and his flight training experience includes time as an ab initio navigation instructor, as well as commanding a navigation and air electronics training unit. He then went on to command the RNZAF’s principal air transport unit, No 40 Squadron, operating both C130s and B727s around the world in both tactical and strategic air transport roles.
His later career was centered on senior positions in the New Zealand Defence Force where his leadership and management capability saw him rise to the top of the RNZAF. Before that, senior posts included Senior National Officer to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, in 2003, Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence, and Commander Joint Forces New Zealand where he was responsible for all of the NZ Defence Force’s operational activities across the three Services. Peter retired from the RNZAF as an Air Vice-Marshal on 30 April 2014 having being awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) in 1995 and the Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2014.
Peter’s role with CTC Aviation includes ensuring the safe, efficient and timely provision of professional pilot training services at the company’s Hamilton base for a wide range of partner airlines, as well as individual customers. His role involves management of around 90 staff including nearly 60 flight instructors, as well as a fleet of 38 training aircraft, operating 7 days per week throughout the year.