Trish Gilbert Elected as IFATCA EVP Americas, Succeeding NATCA President Emeritus John Carr
During the 2021 International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) annual conference, the member associations (MA) from the Americas Region 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.”