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News from ALPA International

September 1, 2009—In This Issue:
ALPA Helps Move Industry Next Step Forward in Combating Pilot Fatigue

During the past two months, seven ALPA pilots have played a critical role in an FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) charged with completing a comprehensive review of the current flight-time and duty-time regulations. Capt. Don Wykoff (Delta), ALPA executive administrator and chairman of the ALPA Flight-Time/Duty-Time Committee, co-chaired the ARC, which also included representatives from the FAA and industry.

The ARC completed its work today. While this portion of the effort is complete, the ARC’s recommendations are not yet public and several important steps remain in the process to create new flight-time and duty-time regulations. The first step is for the FAA to draft a regulation from the recommendations of the ARC, followed by the legal review and creation of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). Following the NPRM, stakeholders will be granted an opportunity to respond to the FAA during a comment period. During this period, the recommendations of the ARC will become public. The NPRM is expected to be published by the end of the year, according to statements made by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

At this time, ALPA, as well as all the other ARC participants, is prohibited from commenting publicly about the ARC. The ARC will submit a report to the FAA administrator as the next step in the process toward issuing an NPRM.

ALPA will continue to be fully engaged in the process.

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ALPA Supports Amerijet Pilots
As many of you know, Amerijet crewmembers have been on strike for six days. This unfortunate turn of events is a result of being locked in a bitter dispute with management. These men and women are looking for basic improvements in their first contract while dealing with a company that has shown no respect for them or the negotiating process.

Although Amerijet is not an ALPA carrier, it is imperative that we support all airline pilots in the fight for fair and equitable contracts. To that end, if any of you are in the Miami area and are willing to support the pilots and flight engineers of Amerijet, they will be picketing the offices of the airline 24/7. The offices are located next to the ATC tower in Cargo City at Miami International Airport. The address is:

Amerijet International
6185 NW 18 ST BLG 716-B
Miami, FL 33142

The pilots and flight engineers of Amerijet, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 769, have not yet contacted ALPA for support in the strike. However, we want to make it clear that ALPA fully supports the Amerijet crewmembers in this dispute. A delegation from ALPA’s national Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee will travel to Miami to offer its assistance to the crewmembers of Amerijet.

Nothing displays our solidarity more than showing support through e-mails or letters of support, or better yet, walking the picket line.

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