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About The International Pilot Peer Assist Coalition (IPPAC)

The International Pilot Peer Assist Coalition(IPPAC) is

comprised of representatives from the following: 

  • Project Lift – Southwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines         Pilot Association (SWAPA)

  • SOAR PSP – United Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)

  • Project Wingman – American Airlines and the Allied            Pilots Association (APA)

  • Pilot Assistance Network - British Airways and the British          Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA)

  • New Zealand Airlines and the New Zealand Air Line            Pilots Association (NZALPA)

  • Center for Aviation Mental Health (C4AMH)

  • Japan Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association of  Japan (ALPA Japan)

  • Odilia Clark-Impairment Risk Management

  • Center for Aviation Psychology (CAP)

Our goal is to promote pilot mental fitness and psychological

well-being throughout the U.S. and international aviation      industry and to assist organizations looking to develop a                   robust pilot-assist program at their airline. In addition,                      we seek to increase our expertise in this area through our            annual conference where representatives from regulators              and leading aviation mental health experts are invited                      to speak on the latest developments in this field.

Leadership Team

CA Charlie Curreri

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CA Charlie Curreri is currently an A320 captain and founder of Project Wingman, an industry-leading pilot peer assistance program for over 14,000 pilots at American Airlines. He is CEO of the Center for Aviation Mental Healh ( He is a retired Air Force F16 combat veteran of Desert Storm with over 3000 hours of fighter time. He is also a licensed professional counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) in the state of Texas and holds a Master's in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University in Arizona researching "Self-Stigma's Moderating Relationship With Commercial Airline Pilots Help-Seeking Attitudes". Charlie has been married for over 36 years, and has 6 children, and 7 grandchildren!

CA Curt Joens

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Curt Joens is a Dallas-Ft Worth based Airbus 320 Captain for American Airlines. He is one of the initial founding pilot peer support volunteers who started Project Wingman (PW) in 2011. Previous duties with PW included overseeing the training and mentoring of new pilot peer volunteers. He was also part of the PW Bereavement Committee, assisting pilots and/or families of pilots who had experienced the loss of a loved one.


Curt started his flying career in 1983 with the United States Air Force. In his eight year military career he served as a C-130 Aircraft Commander and a T-38 instructor pilot. He has been with American since 1992 and has flown the B-727, F-100, MD-80, B-767, B-787, and the Airbus.

Curt has been married to Margie for 31 years.  They have four adult children and one grandchild. For the past ten years, he has been an elder for Grace Community Church, a 1200 member nondenominational church in Arlington, Texas.


CA Dave Fielding

Natasha Shcheglova is an A320 pilot for American Airlines. She is a first-generation immigrant from Russia, an ERAU graduate, and a former American Eagles Airlines Captain. Driven by her passion for serving others she became a Project Wingman volunteer for the last few years and was instrumental in planning and running the 2019 IPPAC conference in Dallas, TX. Natasha is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. In addition to being an airline pilot, she serves as a Scholarship Director on the Board of Directors for ISA+21 (The International Society of Women Airline Pilots). Besides her interests in positive psychology and counseling, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to the opera, and traveling. Her future plans include receiving an MS in Psychology and continuing helping others.

Dave Fielding studied Classics at Cambridge before making the perfectly logical step and becoming an airline pilot. He joined British Airways in 1993 on the Highlands and Islands Division, flying the BAe ATP. When Highlands Division closed he moved down to London on the B757 and achieved his command on the Airbus A320 in 2001. Since then he has been a captain on the B767, B777, A350 and the A380, which is his current type.


Dave has been a union rep with the British Airline Pilots Association since 1996, specialising in disciplinaries which led to an interest in alcohol and welfare cases, which in turn led to him creating a BALPA peer intervention programme. Following the Germanwings crash of 2015, he worked with British Airways to adapt and improve the programme. In January 2017 the Pilots Assistance Network (PAN) became the first peer support programme in Europe to be launched post-Germanwings. Dave sits on the Executive Board of EPPSI, and has been instrumental in the rewrite of the recently published IFALPA Pilot Assistance Manual.

FO Natasha Scheglova

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