Capt. Don Wykoff was elected deputy president of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) at the 65th IFALPA Conference, held this week in Marrakech, Morocco.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to carry on ALPA’s long-standing commitment to international leadership on aviation safety, security, and labor relations issues,” said Wykoff, who will begin his two-year term as IFALPA deputy president on March 23, 2010. “Our industry is truly global, and the solution to many of the challenges we face lies in pilots working together across geopolitical borders to better our profession and enhance safety and security for our passengers and cargo.”
ALPA has been deeply involved in international action to address many of the most pressing issues facing the airline industry today, including pilots’ flight-time/duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements. Wykoff has led ALPA’s work to combat pilot fatigue in the United States and Canada as the Association’s Flight-Time/Duty-Time Committee chairman. He has also served on the IFALPA Flight Time Limitations Workgroup to address the issue in the international arena.
The IFALPA deputy president serves as a member of the IFALPA Executive Committee and IFALPA Executive Board, which are charged with implementing the organization’s safety and industrial policies. The deputy president position also oversees the IFALPA Accident Analysis and Prevention Committee, the Helicopters Committee, and the Legal Committee.
Wykoff currently serves as ALPA’s executive administrator, a post he has held since June 2008. Appointed by ALPA’s president, the Association’s executive administrator assists the union’s 38 pilot groups in accessing the breadth of resources available through the international union and interpreting the Association’s policies and procedures.
Hired by Delta Air Lines in June 1988, Wykoff is currently a Boeing 767 captain. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot. Wykoff will continue to serve as ALPA executive administrator through December 2010.
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