THE POSTAL HISTORY OF ICAO

 

IFALPA – International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations

 

Based in London, UK, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) was created during a conference of pilots' associations held in London in April 1948 for the express purpose of providing a formal means for the airline pilots of the world to interact with the then newly formed International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); the inaugural meeting was attended by the representatives of 13 pilot Associations, founder members as they are now called. The belief then was that the unique perspective of pilots operating in scheduled flying would be of significant benefit to the creation and adaptation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) through which ICAO regulates international civil aviation. This belief holds true today backed up by over 65 years of experience. From this founding element, membership of the Federation has grown to over 104 Member Associations representing well in excess of 100,000 airline pilots worldwide.

 

IFALPA also interacts with other major aviation bodies, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airports Council International (ACI), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA), for the adoption of international standards and their implementation at national level.

 

IFALPA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are the only organizations granted permanent observer status to the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC). IFALPA’s representative to ICAO is able to play a major role in implementing the Federation's policies by influencing the development of ICAO Standards and Recommendations Practices within the ANC. IFALPA has currently several Standing Committees to develop work programme items and proposals of mature policy status.

 

Souvenir cover issued for the 25th IFALPA Annual Conference (held in London in 1970),

where all Member Associations gathered.

 

IFALPA Service cover sent from Indonesia to ICAO – Postmarked on 24 March 1995.

 

 

The Aerial Symphony mural, shown on this cover commemorating the 32nd Session of the Assembly, is one of the works of art on display at ICAO Headquarters (3rd floor in the Conference Centre). It is comprised of forty panels of anodized aluminum, designed by Montreal Artist Michel Guilbeault and donated by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). The mural emphasises the subtle interface between art and science in civil aviation. It also traces the evolution of flight, this time through a variety of aircraft types, alternating with depictions of eastern and western hemispheres of the earth and brilliantly iridescent hand-coloured butterfly wings.

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