IFALPA, the International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations, is moving its HQ to Montreal. It seems like a good idea for it to live in the same city as long-time Montreal residents ICAO and IATA and the more recently migrated (from Geveva) Airports Council International.
It's an obvious move when you think that IFALPA is constantly involved with ICAO either on an advisory basis, or at least as an interested and expert observer. But what reveals this move as a total no-brainer is where IFALPA lives now: Chertsey, a provincial town in Surrey (UK) with zero aviation connections. Well, maybe it's not far from Heathrow, and Fairoaks International Airport is a close neighbour!
Living where you can easily have an off-duty beer with the ICAO director general is better.
The facade at ICAO HQ, Montreal
ICAO is where the world thrashes out its common standards for international aviation.
And watch this space. Montreal International, which is pitching shamelessly to consolidate the city it represents as the undisputed aviation policy capital of the world, is working on IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations), CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation), and the Flight Safety Foundation.