New board of FÍA 2020-2021
The results of the e-voting for the board of FÍA were clear shortly after 21:00, 20. February, 2020. Voting participation was good, with 65.58% of FÍA members casting their vote, which is almost 16% more than last year. Attendance at the AGM was also very good, with over 100 members present.
It was quite a close call between candidates:
Högni B. Ómarsson, ICE, 62.60%
Steindór Ingi Hall, ICE, 57.44%
Ragnar Friðrik Ragnars , AIC, 57.25%
Sara Hlín Sigurðardóttir, ICE, 56.11%
Bjarni Frostason, ICE, 54.39%
Ragnar Már Ragnarsson, ICE, 40.46%
Elí Úlfarsson, ICE, 35.88%
Hákon Sigþórsson, ERN, 32.82%
Empty vote: 0.76%
The board of FÍA 2019-2020 is as follows:
Jón Þór Þorvaldsson, Icelandair (2020)
Guðmundur Már Þorvarðarson, Icelandair (2021)
Hafsteinn Orri Ingvason, AAI (2021)
Heimir Arnar Birgisson, AAI (2021)
Hólmar Logi Sigmundsson, LHG (2021)
Högni B. Ómarsson, ICE (2022)
Ragnar Friðrik Ragnars , AIC (2022)
Sara Hlín Sigurðardóttir, ICE (2022)
Steindór Ingi Hall, ICE (2022)
An informal meeting to give candidates, who are vying for a seat on the FÍA board, a chance to introduce themselves will be held in Grjótnes, Hlíðasmári 8, Wednesday February 19, at 12:00.
Candidates, who are not away because of work, will be there to introduce what they stand for and what their emphases would be, as well as answering questions form attendees.
We encourage all FÍA members to attend!
CLA with Atlanta rejected
The results of the voting on the CLA with Air Atlanta, which was signed on January 31, 2020, has now been concluded with it being rejected by an overwhelming majority.
The voting turnout was 85.58%, with 92.13% rejecting the CLA and 7.87% voting for it.
AGM on 20. February
The Annual General Meeting of FÍA will be held on February 20th, 2020 at 20:00 in Grand Hótel Reykjavík. E-elections for the board will commence a week before that, and FÍA members will receive further information via email.
Life on the top floor
FÍA's Educational and Training Fund is hosting a lunch-meeting on pension issues, Tuesday 4. February, between 12.00-14.00. The meeting will be in Icelandic, held at FÍA's offices in Hlíðasmári.
For most people, the retirement years are about a quarter of your adult years, even more for some. How much can you expect to receive as a pension when you retire? What can you do to increase that amount? And what should you do when you start receiving that pension?
In the meeting, Gunnar Baldvinsson, general manager of Almenni lífeyrissjóðurinn, will discuss personal finances and pension savings. The lecture is in part based on his book, Life on the top floor (is. Lífið á efstu hæð), which points to several items you should keep in mind when you're preparing your finances at the end of your working career.
Tickets for RFSS now for sale!
The annual Reykjavik Flight Safety Symposium will be held on March 13th, 2020 at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. You can now buy your ticket at tix.is for only 3.400 ISK (aprox. 21 EUR) and a lunch buffet is included.
The event attracts among others air traffic controllers, pilots and people at administration level. All presentations and key discussions will be held in English.
This year, there will be a special emphasis on volcanic effects. Lecturers are:
- Sara Barsotti, of the Icelandic Met Office
- Roy Clarkson from Rolls Royce
- Harry Nelson, a former test pilot for Airbus
- Hlín Hólm, chair of NAT-SPG
- Antti Touri from IFALPA’s HUPER committee
The Icelandic Airline Pilots' Associations sends you and your loved ones our best holiday greetings! We thank you for the year that is passing, and wish you happiness and prosperity for the year to come!
Closed over the holidays
The FÍA office will be closed during the holidays, from the 23d of December (Saint Thorlákur's day) until after New Year's Day.
December's Newsletter is out
December's Newsletter is now out, with fresh items from the international committee and the safety committee, information on the next AGM and the Reykjavík Flight Safety Symposium, pictures from events and more. As always, it is in both Icelandic and English.
Flying healthy - 26. November
Sisters Margrét and Elísa Viðarsdóttir will combine their expertise in a lecture that journeys from mental health to nutrition, and how taking care of these elements can increase job productivity or simply improve your life. The event starts at 12.00 on Tuesday, 26. November, in Hlíðasmári 8, and is held in Icelandic.
The lecture is held in a collaboration between the FÍA Education Fund and the Sickness Fund.
Using Reykjavík Airport (BIRK) as Alternate
From The Safety Committee of the Icelandic Airline Pilots' Association (ÖFÍA)
Throughout the years crew have been able to rely on Reykjavik airport as a suitable alternate. However, in recent years we have seen restrictions imposed on the airport, notably the airport's operating hours.
According to AIP Iceland, the airport is closed to all traffic from 2300 to 0700 on weekdays, and from 2300 to 0800 during weekends and some public holidays.
Reykjavik airport is available to open with Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) outside of operational hours with 15 minutes prior notice for e.g. international flights that file/use Reykjavik as an alternate airport. See here.
In the last 18 months we have seen two incidents where pilots' expectations of this service have not been met as Isavia has not been able to prepare the airport to be usable within the 15 minutes stated in the AIP.
The Safety Committee of the Icelandic Airline Pilots' Association (ÖFÍA) would like to urge pilots to exercise extreme caution in relying on Reykjavik as an alternate outside operating hours if icing and reduced braking action is likely.