WASHINGTON, D.C.—-Capt. Dennis Dolan, a Delta Air Lines pilot and first vice-president of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) yesterday was elected as president of the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). It was only the third time that a U.S. pilot has held that position since IFALPA’s founding in 1948.
Capt. Madison Walton of United Airlines was re-elected regional vice-president for the North Atlantic region. Capt. Ray Gelinas of Air Canada Jazz airline was re-elected regional vice-president for the Canada/Arctic region.
Elections were held at IFALPA’s annual conference, in Funchal, part of the Madeira Islands, governed by Portugal. IFALPA, with headquarters in the U.K., represents more than 100,000 airline pilots through its 95 member pilot associations worldwide.
Dolan is serving his second term as first vice-president of ALPA. Prior to yesterday’s election, he had held the position of principal vice-president of professional affairs for IFALPA, in which he was responsible for coordinating IFALPA`s industrial policies on a worldwide basis.
Two other ALPA pilots hold offices in IFALPA. Capt. Paul McCarthy, of Delta Air Lines, is principal vice-president - technical standards. Capt. Greg Wolfsheimer of Northwest Airlines is regional vice-president for the U.S.-Central Pacific region.
ALPA, the world’s oldest and largest union for pilots, represents 66,000 airline pilots at 42 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Its Web site is at http://www.alpa.org.