Gilbert Elected to Join the IFATCA Executive Board and Serve as the Federation Executive Vice President for the Americas Region
WASHINGTON – Today during their 2021 annual conference, the member associations (MA) from the Americas Region of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) elected NATCA Executive Vice President (EVP) Trish Gilbert to be the EVP for their region and join the Federation’s Executive Board. IFATCA is the international organization that represents more than 50,000 air traffic professionals in more than 130 countries. The Americas Region includes 25 countries in South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean.
In her comments to IFATCA’s member associations prior to the vote, Gilbert talked about how she has been blessed to have the career of air traffic controller and how it has been the “honor of a lifetime to represent the women and men that keep our skies safe.”
Gilbert added, “During my tenure as NATCA EVP, I have had the pleasure to work closely with many of you in IFATCA. I have come to appreciate and admire the critical role that the Federation plays in the lives of ATCOs in the many MAs across the globe. I look forward to working with the IFATCA Executive Board, its committees, and representatives.”
About Gilbert joining the Federation’s leadership, IFATCA President & CEO Duncan Auld stated, “We welcome Trish Gilbert on to the Board. It appears that she’s up for a challenge. It is not a great time to be kicking off with anything. But we thank her for giving us the chance to work with her.”
Gilbert is replacing former IFATCA EVP for the Americas Region John Carr. He was first elected to the position at the end of IFATCA’s 2014 annual conference in Gran Canaria, Spain. He was re-elected at IFATCA’s 2016 annual conference in Las Vegas and also at its 2018 annual conference in Accra, Ghana. Carr served two terms as NATCA president from 2000-2006.
About Carr ending his time in the Federation’s leadership, Auld said, “John Carr will be leaving us after seven years of service on the Executive Board. He joined bringing a wealth of knowledge from his time in leadership of NATCA. Working hard with associations and prospective associations in particular the Central and South America regions, he took the issues to heart. And his dedication and commitment were shown with the multi-year campaign with the Dominican Republic. There are some guys there and in other countries that owe their freedom to the work that John did. His dedication and commitment to the objectives of the Federation and his progress in the region deserve recognition.”
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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, 5 Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 116 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.