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May 29, 2009—In This Issue:

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ALPA Settles DHL Lawsuit, Secures ASTAR Pilot Jobs Through 2010
ALPA was able to reach an agreement with DHL that would keep all of the ASTAR pilots hired prior to March 2008 on the payroll at least through March 2010.

DHL agreed to honor the no-furlough clause in the pilots’ existing contract signed between ALPA and ASTAR in March 2008. The settlement also ensures every protected pilot their current pay status through March 2010 or for six months after they stop flying, whichever is longer.

This week marks the one-year anniversary that DHL announced it would give most of its North American flying to UPS. The plan was immediately opposed by ALPA and the ASTAR MEC. ALPA’s Executive Council and Executive Board quickly authorized an MCF grant to fight the deal through an aggressive public outreach campaign that included public relations, advertising, lobbying, and public demonstrations.

“Our goals were simple,” said Capt. Pat Walsh, ASTAR MEC chair. “Stop the DHL/UPS agreement from being finalized, keep as many of our pilots working as long as possible, and obtain the best severance we could for any pilots who would lose their jobs. None of this could have been achieved without our ALPA contract, our ALPA representation, and our active pilot group.”

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ALPA Receives Collier Trophy for CAST Participation

Pictured L to R: ALPA Executive Air Safety Chairman Capt. Rory Kay, ALPA Vice-President–Administration Capt. Bill Couette, and ALPA President Capt. John Prater.

The National Aeronautics Association last night presented the 2008 Robert J. Collier Trophy to ALPA as part of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), a government and industry partnership. CAST was initiated in 1997 for the purpose of reducing the fatal accident rate in the U.S. commercial aviation by 80 percent in 10 years.

“Through the tremendous resources provided by many organizations and the tireless dedication of hundreds of individuals, CAST has eliminated significant risks and created a quantum leap in aviation safety,” said ALPA president Capt. John Prater in a public statement.

Accepting on behalf of ALPA were Prater, Vice-President–Administration Capt. William “Bill” Couette, Executive Air Safety Chairman Capt. Rory Kay (UAL), and members of the ALPA Engineering & Air Safety and Communications Departments.

CAST employs a disciplined, data-driven approach to analyzing safety information, identifying accident precursors, developing specific safety enhancements to address these precursors, implementing and tracking the success of the specific safety enhancement, and using that information to improve the overall safety of the air transportation system.

Established in 1911, the Collier Trophy is a national award honoring those who have made significant achievements in advancing aviation. This is the third time that ALPA has been part of the Collier Trophy award. The first of its awards was given in 1995 for the Association’s work on the Boeing 777 aircraft design. ALPA received its second Collier Trophy in 2008, when the Association was recognized as part of the team developing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B.

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House-Passed FAA Bill Includes Many ALPA Initiatives
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization bill, by a vote of 277–136. This measure contains a number of ALPA initiatives, including directing the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a detailed study of pilot fatigue and to report on any recommendations for updating regulations, as appropriate, on flight time and rest requirements.

The bill also includes improved runway safety measures, a reiteration of U.S. air carrier citizenship requirements, and a labor provision within the GAO study on the effect of antitrust and airline alliances. ALPA remains hopeful that the Senate will move on the bill this summer.

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Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee Deliberates on NextGen
ALPA representatives participated in an RTCA Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (ATMAC) plenary session this week. The meeting covered ongoing work associated with the development of recommendations to the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization on NextGen technologies and procedures that can be deployed at key sites in the midterm (i.e., 2018).

The plenary received updates on the deliberations and recommendations of various subgroups on equipage and risk mitigations, which will need to be provided to ensure successful implementation.

RTCA is scheduled to present its findings to the FAA in August 2009.

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ALPA-Chaired SMS Group Prepares for ANPRM
The FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on Safety Management Systems (SMS), which is co-chaired by Capt. Linda Orlady (UAL), ALPA’s Executive Air Safety vice chair, met in Washington, D.C., on May 12–13. The FAA has been working on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the SMS rule that is now in the final review process. The agency expects it to be released by the end of June, so the ARC worked on organization issues at this meeting so it will be able to effectively deal with the ANPRM when it is published.

The ARC received briefings from representatives of two major Canadian corporations: one with an SMS program and another in the process of establishing one. They discussed essential elements of SMS and some of the pitfalls they have experienced during the implementation phase.

A representative of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) briefed the group on efforts to develop SMS requirements for 31 European countries. The EASA expects to have the implementing rules in place by April 2012.

A Transport Canada representative discussed the agency’s efforts to implement SMS within Canada. Its challenge is to scale SMS rules that apply to organizations varying greatly in size and complexity. A representative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) discussed standards for countries worldwide to develop SMS that will provide performance-based, prognostic, and progressive safety improvements.

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ALPA to Conduct Safety and Accident Investigation Training
Capt. Paul Brady, ALPA’s Air Safety Committee’s Training Programs coordinator, is slated to head a contingent of ALPA safety representatives who will conduct a three-day “Safety and Accident Investigation Training” course in Atlanta, Ga., for ALPA’s new AirTran members and their invited company guests. This course has been specifically designed for pilot groups, like AirTran, that already have safety and accident investigation committees; it combines ALPA’s Basic Safety School and Accident Investigation Course modules into a single curriculum.

The safety portion will provide the AirTran safety volunteers with an introduction to the many ALPA Air Safety Committee resources available, while the accident-investigation portion will acquaint the group with ALPA’s accident/incident investigation procedures, our relationship with the NTSB, and the particulars of being an ALPA accident investigator. This training will give the Central Air Safety chairman (CASC), Local Air Safety chairmen (LASC), and accident/incident investigators the knowledge they need to fulfill their responsibilities.

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IYE Offers Overseas Travel Opportunities
The International Youth Exchange (IYE) for families of airline employees is accepting applications through June 15 for two-week exchanges this summer. Teenagers 14–19 are matched with youth their own age. The teenagers are together for two weeks at each of their homes learning about another culture from someone of similar age. Exchanges are available to Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This is a wonderful idea for a graduation gift or as a way for your son or daughter to get a head start on foreign language skills.

Coordinated by a retired airline employee, IYE has facilitated more than 1,500 exchanges for airline youth since it began in 1995. The costs for the exchange include an airline pass, spending money, and an application fee of $265 (refundable if no match is found).

For further information and to receive a brochure, please contact Camille Wheeler at, or apply online at

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