IFALPA 2019: BERLIN - Building Bridges
No other city in the world stands for "building bridges" as Berlin does. In 1948 and 1949 the western part of the divided city Berlin was intentionally isolated within the Soviet occupation zone. Thanks to the pilots of the Allied Forces thousands of cargo flights supplied the citizens with fuel, food and goods needed to survive. Still today this act is well known as the Berlin Airlift - a giant bridge in the sky!
The year 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: An outstanding example of how to overcome borders peacefully.
2019 is also a special year for Vereinigung Cockpit: It's the 50th anniversary of this professional association. Since its founding in 1969, VC has been committed to all aspects of the pilots' profession, nationally and internationally, in order to build bridges between different pilot groups and across international borders.
Last but not least, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Junker F13, the first aircraft designed exclusively for civil air transport. The Junker F13 was first built in 1919, near Berlin, and is the ancestor of all civil aircrafts flown by pilots today.
Flying means building bridges to connect people worldwide.
Welcome to Berlin for IFALPA's 74th Conference April 26th-29th 2019!