IPTA Council & Executive Board

The International Pilot Training Association (IPTA) Council and Executive Board is the top-level consultative and advisory body of the IPTA, representing the views of the membership at large.

Chair, Council & President, Board


Captain Tilmann Gabriel FRAeS is a former senior aviation executive with over 35 years in the aviation industry. He was a Lufthansa Executive and Training Captain for 20 years. His wide experience includes airlines, as well as start-ups, business jet and helicopter operations and aircraft manufacturers. He has created results for clients such as CHC, Safi Airways and Qatar Airways, and was most recently appointed Senior Lecturer and Director of the renowned Masters Programmes for Aviation Management at the City University London.

One of the few aviation experts in the world who has leadership experience in European, American, Middle Eastern, and African markets, Tilmann Gabriel has consistently reinforced a safety culture environment while cultivating leadership, integrity and individual responsibility. With his extensive global aviation expertise, he is familiar with complex cultural, political, and bureaucratic challenges, and utilizes his expansive intercultural and international business acumen to team-build, reach consensus and create world-class alliances.

An avid speaker at international aviation, training and safety conferences, and columnist for several magazines, Tilmann Gabriel is an outstanding leader in his field. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and serves on the Society’s Learned Society Board. He was appointed Executive Chairman of the IPTA Council and President of the IPTA Executive Board in August 2016.

Vice Chair, Council & VP, Board

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Francois Lassale FRAeS is the Operations Director for HeliOffshore, an organisation working with the global Offshore helicopter transport industry, enhancing safety through collaboration on areas that make the biggest difference on the front line. Before joining HeliOffshore Francois was the Managing Director for a firm in the USA bringing turnkey solutions to the industry. Francois has a military background in the South African army and Royal Air Force flying both fixed wing and rotary wing. Since leaving the military he flew in airline, freight, VIP and Head of State operations. Francois has been an instructor, TRI, TRE and CRMI and has been on the Flight Safety Foundation business aviation board for more than thirteen years. He serves as Vice Chairman of the European Helicopter Association, Vice Chairman of the International Pilot Training Association, Vice Chairman of the International Association of Aeronautical Flight Auditors, a certified IS-BAO auditor, and is an Upper Freeman with the Honorable Company of Air Pilots.