Reference: RVP/SAM/SOUTH Required for 63rd Annual Conference
Venue Mexico City
03 January 2008
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT SAM SOUTH
CAPTAIN ALEJANDRO CAMELO
The SAM/South Region, that is: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile, is
in the following situation:
2. Chile; through their state policy and with the development of LAN in the region Chile has
consolidated as a stable and promising commercial air transport situation. The relation with
the SAM\South Regional Vice President could not be established in spite of several attempts
by telephone and mails. The Union activity is almost impossible because of the labour
relationship between pilots and the air carriers. The DGAC has confirmed (September 25th
2007) that there is not a PROTOCOL between the pilots and LAN regarding FOQA data.
This has been informed to IFALPA in August 16th 2007.
3. Bolivia: the national commercial air transport situation after LLOYD AÉREO BOLIVIANO
went out of business and AERO SUR started operations is not stable for pilots yet. As it
happened with Chile, there has been no answer to the Regional Vice President’s attempts to
4. Paraguay: the pilots´ association is not completely related to IFALPA yet, and the present
situation is that TAM that is a Brazilian enterprise is the air carrier operator and operates in
the country with pilots from Paraguay. There has been no contact with Regional Vice
5. Uruguay: the Uruguayan pilots´ members of ACIPLA have an active participation in IFALPA
as well a continuous dialogue with the Regional Vice President. VARIG, once again is a
Brazilian enterprise in conjunction with the Uruguayan government the ones that controlled
the air carrier company PLUNA, and because of VARIG´s bankruptcy, the business has
stopped, leaving the Company in a very delicate situation with almost no aircrafts to carry out
their operations. At present PLUNA has obtained private investment and has started a gradual
development to a normal condition. Now 75% Pluna’s stock belongs to Leadgate Investment
Corp. After an initial period in which relationship between ACIPLA and the new management
was satisfactory, some conflicts took place. The company informed that they will furlough 18
pilots and suspended a captain when he reported the press that flights were being delayed
because of conflicts between PLUNA and ACIPLA. Moreover, PLUNA proposed a 50%
reduction on base salaries and elimination of other benefits. The association then, required
IFALPA`s intervention when facing conflict situations, stoppage of operations and a pilots
6. Brazil: is undergoing a long and complicated transition process to Civil Aviation
Administration, so far managed by military authorities. The major issue endangering the
operational safety has been and continuous to be the conflicts with ATS. These conflicts have
been evidenced by GOL and TAM accidents which tragically showed the system’s
VARIG closing has left the Brazilian pilots in a situation that forced some of them to emigrate
searching for new opportunities abroad. Those two accidents have led to deep thinking about
commercial air transport activities.
Serious problems with radio aids for navigation and approach have also been observed.
. Argentina: like Brazil is undergoing a long and conflicting transition from Military to Civil
Administration. There was a four month period with no effective radar coverage in the
Buenos Aires TMA, the most important terminal area in the country, causing many aircraft
near-miss situations. At the request of APLA, and because of that situation IFALPA
published a SAFETY BULLETIN on May 1st 2007, warning about NO AREA RADAR
COVERAGE IN THE BAIRES TMA (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Although solutions have finally been found, due to the lack of investment in the air traffic
control system infrastructure and services, the local pilots community and also air carriers
operating in Argentina airspace are warned to strictly follow the standard procedures because
of the existing latent conditions.
Aerodromes have been designed during the fifties, and in most cases operation safety
requirements have not been harmonically updated to adapt to the urban development.
Nowadays, runway ends are located in densely populated areas and near dangerous obstacles
that become evident when accidents like Aeroparque, Argentina (1999) and Congonhas,
Brazil (2007) fatally occur.
Changing these facts will take time and will not be easy. It is important to warn National and
International Organizations about these issues so that changes can effectively made.
9. ICAO ANNEXES
It is characteristic in the region to interpret the rules contained in the ANNEXES to fit
conveniences. It is becomes more evident in some States where its National Authorities have
been tolerant with the modification of some rules to the benefit of the Companies.
In a globalization programme, the relationship between the ICAO´s rules and audits, IATA`s
audits and IFALPA´s control is relevant.
The regional pilots’ associations should play an active role by notifying IFALPA any time of
the differences are observed in the States.
10. COMMERCIAL AIR TRANSPORT
The region shows a big increase in activity and the prospects are really promising. In spite of
that, investment by local air carriers is not shown and other companies from outside the
region are making money from that increase of activity.
11. IFALPA 2007 - CAR/SAM REGIONAL MEETING: VENUE
The Airline Pilots’ Association - APLA was been chosen as host for the IFALPA 2007 -
CAR/SAM REGIONAL MEETING. The meetings were held between November 5th and
12th at the Sheraton Libertador Hotel, together with the LEGAL and ATS COMMITTEE
MEETINGS. APLA were very proud to host these meetings as they are of major importance
to our association and the industry. IFALPA; ICAO; NGO’s representatives, Airline
executives and Argentina State Officers were all invited to participate.