The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) came into being in 1946 when a group of Aer Lingus pilots met and formed a committee. The first President was Captain P.W. (Darby) Kennedy. In the early days it dealt with the airline on matters of common interests, mainly the "lifestyle" items of salary, working conditions, pension and seniority.
In 1953 the present Constitution was adopted. Although the constitution has been amended on several occasions since then, the objectives of the organisation have not basically changed. Any changes that have been made reflect the growth of the Association and the strengthening of the contribution to the air transport industry in Ireland.
In the early 1960s IALPA was registered as a trade union. IALPA is currently attached to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and IMPACT. IMPACT deal with all Industrial Relations matters for IALPA.
IALPA is the voice of Professional pilots in Ireland and is expert on matters relating to the Air transport Industry such as:
Membership stands at this time at about 1000 pilots.
The Association is managed by an Executive Council, made up of 14 elected members. Members are elected for a period of two years. Elections take place every year for half the positions, thus ensuring an essential continuity of management.
There are four Officers:- President, Vice President, Vice President Finance and Vice President Administration and ten Ordinary Members making up the Executive Council. Added to these is our IFALPA Director, our ECA director and all Local Group Chairpersons.
Pilots in each airline form their own Local Group Committee (LGC) which deals with matters directly affecting that particular airline. The LGC reports, to the Executive Council, through it’s chairperson.
The work that is done by the Association’s Executive Council is wide-ranging but come under two headings - Lifestyle and Safety/Technical. The main sub-divisions of these are organised under a chairperson of a subcommittee, who is an executive member and reports to the Executive on his area of responsibility.
The permanent sub-committees deal with - salary, working conditions, pensions, seniority and welfare. There are times when a matter of a temporary nature requires development. In such case a sub-committee will be formed for the particular task, such as a constitutional review, who will advise the Executive Council.
The Safety and Technical is the most important committee in IALPA. The work of this committee mirrors the areas dealt with by IFALPA, with whom they have a close liaison through the IFALPA Director. These areas include Accident Analysis, Air Traffic Services, Dangerous Goods, Helicopters, Security, Aircraft Design and Operation, etc. The Safety and Technical Committee currently has three Accredited Accident Investigators
The Safety & Technical committee, works closely with the Flight Operations Departments of the airlines, Government Departments, including Airport Authorities, the Meteorological and Air Traffic Services.
Apart from the overall work of the Association for the welfare of all members, individual members may occasionally experience problems in their professional careers, or in their private lives which can have a detrimental effect on their professional performanceA panel of persons with expertise in various problem areas is available to give advice to members when this is necessary.
IALPA started by meeting in various places - homes, halls and hotels, before it was recognised that the business was of such a nature that more permanent accommodation was required. In the early 1960s the Association rented office space in Dublin in the Headquarters of the Workers Union of Ireland (WUI), to which it was affiliated until the late 1970s.
In 1978, it was felt that the offices should be moved to Dublin Airport and an office was rented from Aer Rianta. IALPA remained there until June 1988, when the Association’s own building was erected on a site at Corbalis Park, Dublin Airport.
Because of the international nature of the air transport industry and the expertise that exists outside this state, IALPA is affiliated to IFALPA and ECA.