OCTOBER 1-3, 2018

We are proud to announce the second annual SWAPA International Conference of Pilot Unions. This will be an opportunity for aviation's labor leaders to join together and discuss the issues that affect us all while preparing for our collective efforts ahead. We look forward to hosting you for this worthwhile event October 1 - 3.


Monday, October 1, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening Cocktail Reception/Registration
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome Captain Jon Weaks, President, SWAPA
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Congressional Mid-term Elections Update
  • Frank McCarthy, Principal, McCarthy Advanced Consulting
  • Mark Schauer, former Congressman (D-MI) and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Member
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A View from the Outside – Panel Discussion

Moderator: Captain Dennis Tajer, APA Communications

  • Dave Koenig, Airline Reporter, Associated Press
  • Holly Hegeman, Publisher, PlaneBusiness Banter
  • Bob Mann, R.W. Mann & Co., Airline Industry Analysis and Consulting
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Legal Department Breakout Session (runs concurrent with conference)

Legal departments from each of the represented unions will gather for their own breakout session to share best practices, compare notes, and share ideas on ways to most effectively and efficiently serve their unions.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. What We Know about Pilot Union Members of Today
  • Phil Comstock, Independent Polling expert
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. An Update from Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group, the Collective Voice of Ryanair Company Council
  • Captain Robby Garland, Secretary of the Ryanair IALPA company council (IRCC)
  • Captain Enda Ryan, President of the Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group (RTPG)
  • Captain Edward Scurr, Ryanair Company Council for the British Air Line Pilots’ Association (BALPA)
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Presidents’ Roundtable – Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jalmer Johnson

  • Captain Jon Weaks, President, SWAPA
  • Captain Dan Carey, President, APA
  • First Officer Pedro Leroux, President NJASAP
  • Captain Bob Travis, President, IPA
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Darren Ellisor – First Officer of Southwest Flight #1380
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Benefits Comparison
  • First Officer Brent Weisner, SWAPA Benefits Committee Chair
  • First Officer Damian Jennette, SWAPA Benefits and Negotiating Committee Member
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pilot Contract Negotiations Roundtable Moderator: Jalmer Johnson
  • Captain Casey Murray, SWAPA NC Chair
  • Captain Jody Reven, SWAPA NC Member
  • Captain David Lontos, VIPA, Senior Negotiator
  • Captain Mike Pascalar, NJASAP, NC Chair
  • Captain Steve Whyte, IPA, NC Chair
11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks
Captain Jon Weaks, President, SWAPA
12:00 p.m. Conference Ends

Dress for conference is business attire (tie optional)

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