Alfonso Arroyo is the new EASA’s representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Alfonso is seconded from the European Commission and joined EASA in June 2022 and established in Panama City where the EASA’s Regional Office is hosted.
The main objective of Alfonso’s engagement is to further strengthen the partnership between EASA and the civil aviation authorities and industry stakeholders in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. His work on the spot should facilitate an increasing awareness of the EU/EASA regulatory framework. He is also responsible, in close coordination with the headquarters’ International Coordination Department, for the implementation of the new project ‘EU-Latin America and the Caribbean Cooperation on Civil Aviation (EU-LAC APP2)’ which started end of 2022 with the objective to reinforce the role of the EU aviation safety system through continued and new partnerships with LAC key partner countries and stakeholders.
Alfonso has worked for the European Commission since 1997, having a long experience in international negotiations during his service in DG TRADE and in DG NEAR (ex-ELARG) where he was subsequently responsible for negotiations in the WTO context, antidumping investigations and negotiations of accession of the new ten EU Member States. He started his duties in DG MOVE in the Air Transport Directorate in 2005 being responsible for the international aspects of the European ATM policy called the Single European Sky. He’s been working since 2010 on aviation safety where he coordinated in DG MOVE a wide range of activities with EASA, from regulatory proposals, technical assistance programming, international strategies, and administrative and budgetary issues. He had a key role as Secretary and coordinator of the so-called EASA Committee and the Expert Group for delegated acts, where most of the EU Regulations on aviation safety were discussed and adopted. He also coordinated with EASA’s teams the standardization inspections and audits to 46 European States to verify the correct implementation of European aviation safety regulatory framework. Finally, he represented the European Commission in the EASA consultative bodies with national aviation authorities and industry.
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Alexandre Gandini is a current Boeing 737 Captain with more than 7.000 flight hours.
Graduated in Civil Aviation Management, Master of Business Administration (FGV) and postgraduate in Aviation Management by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Gandini has more than 10 years of experience in management positions including Flight Standards, Quality, Crew Planning and Scheduling.
Currently, Gandini holds the position of Executive Manager of Line Maintenance and Engineering, responsible for GOL’s 121 Maintenance Operations including the Maintenance Operation Control Center (MOCC) and Engineering activities.
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Lacey Pittman is the vice president of Global Aerospace Safety Initiatives (GASI) at The Boeing Company.
In this newlyformed role, Pittman collaborates with Boeing and industry stakeholders and leads an Integrated Product Team to improve aerospace safety through several key initiatives. These initiatives include partnering with airline customers to ensure delivery and operational readiness, improving training standards and harmonizing regulatory training guidance, maturing Global Engagement Pilot efforts, and working with Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Test & Evaluation to define horizons for future design of airplanes and airspace.
Pittman has more than 20 years of flight operational experience. Before joining Boeing, Pittman was responsible for Air Safety and Operations at Amazon Air, including the operations technology portfolio and leadership of the global network operations center. Prior to that Pittman was managing director of System Operations Control and Safety at Horizon Air, leading the implementation of the airline’s Safety Management System. Pittman began her aviation career as a pilot for AirServ International, working under contract with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide aid and relief to developing countries throughout West Africa. She later joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Currently, she is chair of the board of directors safety committee at Mission Aviation Fellowship, a not-for-profit global aviation organization.
Pittman maintains a type rating for the Q400 and has accumulated more than 3,500 hours of flying time.
She holds a
Bachelor’s degree from Trinity Western University and a Master’s in Business
Administration from Walden University.
David Galvez is a civil engineer by profession and currently holds the position of Senior Manager of Operational Safety and Internal Control at SKY Airline, a position he has held for the past 7 years.
Throughout his professional career, he has held various positions in the aviation industry for more than 18 years, and currently leads the design and implementation of the comprehensive risk management model with a focus on operational risk and safety for SKY Airline.
José Ignacio Dougnac is a commercial engineer by profession with a master’s degree and an MBA in finance. He is currently the CEO of SKY Airline, a company he has been a part of for seven years. During his career, he served as CFO for four years, during which he led key projects such as the fleet renewal and international expansion of SKY.
Today, he leads the growth and regionalization strategy of the airline. Under his leadership, SKY has been recognized as the best low-cost airline in South America by the international company Skytrax and has had the newest fleet in America for three consecutive years according to CH-Aviation. The airline currently flies to 26 domestic and 11 international destinations and seeks to continue growing to fulfill its purpose of making the sky accessible to everyone.
Captain Reyné O’ Shaughnessy served as commercial airline pilot for over 34 years for a Fortune 50 company and has logged over 10,000 hours in total heavy jet time in Boeing 747, Boeing 727, Airbus 300/310, and Boeing 757/767. Notably, thirty four years ago Reyne was one of the first women Boeing 747 qualified.
Captain O’Shaughnessy is the founder of Piloting 2 Wellbeing and recently co-found Aviation Health and Wellbeing Institute. Both organizations are founded on the premise that they focus on providing a new vision of aviation safety, performance, and learning.
Her mission is to help pilots and aviation students navigate the regulated system of aviation in order to keep them flying healthy and her key focus is working on ensuring that aviation professionals know how to balance their physical & mental health.
She is a visionary leader who brings a clear idea of how the future of mental health and performance in aviation should look.
Captain O has over a decade of experience as a health and wellbeing strategist with a particular focus on mindfulness-based training. She has earned a teaching certification from Brown University in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in addition to BS in leadership (Phi Kappa Phi) and an Executive Certificate in Business from UC Berkeley. She is a certified health coach graduate from the accredited Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMC).
Having traveled the globe repeatedly, Reyne’s place in the world is with her family, spending time on the east and west coast of the US. She enjoys gardening, meditation, and the love of learning.
Julia Behrend is a psychologist and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience affiliated with the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. She is the Head of Safety Innovation & Human Performance at Air France’s Flight Safety Department. Passionate about the complexity of human behavior and technology in aviation, her current role is to ensure an up-to-date understanding of human factors implied in flight safety.
Dr. Behrend completed her doctoral dissertation in collaboration with Air France, investigating how personality, habits, hierarchy, and role influenced pilot decision-making under uncertainty. In particular, Julia applies findings from aviation psychology, cognitive science, and neuroergonomics to safety for a better understanding of human performance in high-risk environments. Julia has authored or co-authored several research articles in international journals and shared the results with aviation authorities, manufacturers, and airlines. In addition, she serves as visiting lecturer at ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse.
Dr. Behrend earned her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Bremen in Germany. After two M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris) and in Psychology (Paris Descartes University), she obtained her PhD from Sorbonne University in France.
Dr. Behrend is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors and is a Board Member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology.
Captain Craig Hildebrandt, an Embry-Riddle graduate is currently the Senior Director Safety & Flight Operations Technical Affairs for Airbus Americas. In this position he provides Technical, Functional and Operational Aeronautical Expertise to customer airlines, regulatory agencies, investigative safety organizations and industry safety/technical working groups to enhance, promote and support Airbus in the Americas. Before joining Airbus he spent 37 years in air carrier operations at US Airways and JetBlue Airways. Craig served as a Check Airman at both carriers. At JetBlue Airways he served as an Assistant Chief Pilot, Airbus Fleet Captain and Director Flight Standards. Craig has accumulated 21,000+ hours of flight time with over 4,000 hours accumulated in Airbus aircraft. Recent flying is Airbus production test flights at the Mobile and Toulouse Final Assembly Lines. He is type rated in the A350, A330, A320, A220, ERJ190/170, FK100, B737 and BA-111 aircraft.
Bobbi Wells is Vice President of Safety Systems, Efficiency & Compliance where she oversees American’s safety systems with a focus on managing risk through design, science, and innovation. Bobbi serves as Director of Safety on our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Operating Certificate. She also serves as the Chair for the Flight Safety Council, Industry Advisory Board for the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety for ERAU, and past-President for IAWA.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Safety and Airworthiness in Air Operations at FedEx Express where she led the carrier’s safety, airworthiness, and regulatory compliance through safety risk management, analytics, auditing, and culture development. In her more than 25-year career at FedEx Express, she led the airline’s business planning, quality and process improvement, trucking and pickup and delivery operations, communications, the worldwide air logistics system, and expense and capital control processes. Bobbi also received her FAA license as a dispatcher.
Prior to FedEx Express, Bobbi served in the U.S. Army as a transportation and logistics officer for more than 10 years, where she supported 30,000 troops while based in Germany.
Bobbi spends a lot of her time finding ways to support, care for, develop and advocate on behalf of women in aviation. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Flight Safety Foundation, the Department of Transportation’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board and as the President of the International Aviation Women’s Association. She is also a member of the MITRE Aviation Advisory Committee and Airlines for America Safety Council.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.
Aviation General Raúl Jorquera Conrads assumed the position of General Director of Civil Aviation on December 14, 2020.
General Jorquera was born in the city of Santiago, on June 1st 1964, and studied at Colegio San Marcos, in the city of Santiago.
In 1984 he entered the military Aviation School, graduating in December 1986. Upon being appointed Lieutenant of the Air Branch, in January 1987, he began his professional career as a combat pilot specializing in air transportation.
General Jorquera has vast experience as a transport pilot, accruing more than 5,200 flight hours in light and heavy transport aircraft, in which he carried out activities as an instructor; having carried out flight missions throughout continental, insular and Antarctic Chile. He has also undertaken international missions on logistics routes and humanitarian support.
He has developed educational activities in the classroom and as directive, mainly as a Military Academy Professor and as Director of the School of Special Skills, the latter, as the parent school dedicated to the technical training of its students in multiple areas, especially in the aeronautical field.
In terms of human resources, General Jorquera has served in various organizations as Commander in charge of units in the provinces, the central zone and Antarctica. His experience as Chief of Staff of the Personnel Command stands out.
During the academic field activities, General Jorquera attained a degree in Staff and Higher Command at the Air War Academy; he has a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the Gabriela Mistral University. In addition, he is a specialist in advanced aerodynamics and a weapon specialist. He has a pedagogical training course and a degree in educational sciences.
During his military career he has held the following positions: Chief of Operations of Aviation Group No. 5. Chief of Operations and Staff of the Antarctic Air Base, later assuming the Command of said Air Base and the Command of the Antarctic Exploration Group N ° 19. Commander of Aviation Group No. 10. Director of the School of Specialties. Defense Attaché and Air Attaché in France. Chief of Staff of the Santiago Personnel Command. Director of International Relations.
Before assuming the Directorate of the DGAC, General Jorquera was fulfilling duties as Commander-in-Chief of the II Air Brigade of Santiago, Chile.