Safety And Technical Committee
The IALPA Safety and Technical Committee monitors and acts on technical matters that could affect pilots in the safe execution of their professional duties. The members of the S&T Committee act on behalf of IALPA members individually or collectively, in areas such as, but not limited to, Accidents and Incidents, Aircraft Design and Operation, Air Traffic Services, Transport of Hazardous Materials, Human Factors, Helicopters, Licensing, Medical and Security issues.
In keeping with IALPA’s constitutional objectives, to actively promote air safety, both in relation to the operation of aircraft and generally, members of the Safety and Technical committee are represented on many national and international aviation groups. These include airlines, airports, government agencies, industry and political groups. IALPA Safety and Technical members are both welcomed and encouraged to participate in many factions of aviation development both in Ireland and internationally.
The Safety and Technical committee is comprised of pilot volunteers, who donate their time and expertise to the research, debate and promotion of all facets of Aviation Safety. As well as being experienced professional pilots, most also bring with them skills and knowledge from previous careers and extra-curricular activities. These include doctors, lawyers, scientists, defence forces personnel, law enforcement agencies, information technology experts, aeronautical engineers, aircraft engineers and pilot training experts. Several members of the committee are qualified Air Accident Investigators and maintain an active relationship with the state agency with responsibility for air accident investigation, the Air Accident Investigation Unit.
The S&T are also tasked with the running of the IALPA Accident Reaction plan, which is a 24 Hour monitoring system, to provide support to members of IALPA and affiliated overseas pilots in the event of an accident or incident.
In recent years IALPA S&T has been influential in the outcome of several notable safety related cases in Ireland. These include the prevention of landfill dumps near airports, the prevention of an explosive factories near Shannon Airport, the streamlining of flight procedures into, and out of major Irish airports and the deferment for further scientific study of recent European Parliament proposals for pilot work and rest hours.
The following is a sample list of groups to which IALPA S&T actively contributes: