The AFAP works in conjunction with the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) to form the Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA). AusALPA represents more than 5,000 professional pilots within Australia on safety and technical matters.
AusALPA takes an active stake in the Australian aviation industry, participating in inquiries in the aviation sector and contributing members to various industry forums. AusALPA is also an active member of the global pilot body, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). One of AusALPA’s key objectives is to provide further professional training and education for its safety and technical volunteers, and its general membership, in order to be able to provide effective and efficient representation to the aviation industry both nationally and internationally.
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The International Federation of Air Line Pilot’s Associations represents over 100,000 pilots and flight engineers in almost 100 countries world-wide. The mission of IFALPA is to be the global voice of professional pilots by providing representation, services and support in order to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide. The AFAP is a founding member of IFALPA on its inception in April 1949. AFAP representatives attend the annual IFALPA conference.
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AFAP members have exclusive access to the Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund (MBF) - the premier provider of loss of licence support to commercial pilots in Australia.
In 1961 the AFAP established the MBF to provide compensation for loss of licence on medical grounds. The MBF exists solely to assist its members, providing peace of mind that they will be financially supported in the event that their Australian Class One Medical Certificate is suspended or cancelled.
The Air Pilots Award 2010 provides for an annual reimbursement amount for loss of licence cover. Annual reimbursement provisions are also typically included in enterprise agreements negotiated by the AFAP, thereby reducing, and even eliminating the cost of MBF cover to pilots.
The MBF's contact details are:
Phone: (03) 9928 4500
E-mail the MBF
Fax: (03) 9928 4545
Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund
Level 1, 132-136 Albert Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
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The Human Intervention Motivation Study or “HIMS” is a drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation program, pioneered by the US Air Line Pilot Association in the 1970s, and by NZALPA since 2010. The AFAP adopts the HIMS approach to the handling of substance use disorders with support for the objectives, guiding principles and processes of the HIMS programme.
HIMS provides a pathway for chemically dependent airline pilots to seek help and treatment, and to return to professional flying. Without this treatment, a diagnosis of alcohol or drug dependency will likely result in termination of employment. Under the US model, HIMS has provided a beacon of hope for individuals suffering from dependency and over 6000 pilots have returned to flying in the US after treatment. Importantly, a 90% success rate exists for rehabilitated pilots (no relapse). See www.himsprogram.com
What sets HIMS apart from standard medical treatment of drug and alcohol cases is a tri-partite approach. That is, the program is overseen by a combination of airline management, pilot unions and the regulator. Essential to the success of this is trust between all stakeholders that the aims of the program will be met. The companies must have confidence that public perception of their brand will not be undermined. The unions require that individuals will be dealt with fairly as they undergo treatment and that the program be designed with the intent that a pilot once in treatment returns to flying. The regulator needs to ensure the HIMS program remains compliant with safety regulations. All three stakeholders see flight safety as an overarching priority.