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March 23, 2010—In This Issue:

ALPA Hails U.S. Senate for Passing the FAA Reauthorization Bill

ALPA applauds the members of the U.S. Senate today for unanimously voting for the FAA Reauthorization bill, which will address many of ALPA’s safety priorities including policy improvements in flight time/duty time, pilot training, weather research, and runway safety. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 93-0.

“This represents a major step toward improving aviation safety and moving forward on the essential modernization of our National Airspace System,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA president. “Modernizing our air transportation system will help return our airlines to profitability.”

Last week, Capt. Prater sent a letter to each U.S. senator urging passage of this legislation. He also reiterated ALPA’s vehement opposition to a proposal by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to mandate the use of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) information for enforcement and discipline of pilots.

Thanks in part to the incredible response by ALPA members to the union’s grassroots Call to Action against the DeMint bill, the Senate did not include this proposal in the FAA reauthorization bill passed last night.

The FAA legislation now advances to a conference committee where ALPA will continue to collaborate with both Senate and House legislators to ensure that the Congress sends President Obama a strong final bill with the investments in the NAS and critical aviation safety reforms that ALPA members need in today’s aviation operations.

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Wykoff Elected IFALPA Deputy President
Capt. Don Wykoff was elected deputy president of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) at the 65th IFALPA Conference, held this week in Marrakech, Morocco.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to carry on ALPA’s long-standing commitment to international leadership on aviation safety, security, and labor relations issues,” said Wykoff, who will begin his two-year term as IFALPA deputy president on March 23, 2010. “Our industry is truly global, and the solution to many of the challenges we face lies in pilots working together across geopolitical borders to better our profession and enhance safety and security for our passengers and cargo.”

ALPA has been deeply involved in international action to address many of the most pressing issues facing the airline industry today, including pilots’ flight-time/duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements. Wykoff has led ALPA’s work to combat pilot fatigue in the United States and Canada as the Association’s Flight-Time/Duty-Time Committee chairman. He has also served on the IFALPA Flight Time Limitations Workgroup to address the issue in the international arena.

The IFALPA deputy president serves as a member of the IFALPA Executive Committee and IFALPA Executive Board, which are charged with implementing the organization’s safety and industrial policies. The deputy president position also oversees the IFALPA Accident Analysis and Prevention Committee, the Helicopters Committee, and the Legal Committee.

Wykoff currently serves as ALPA’s executive administrator, a post he has held since June 2008. Appointed by ALPA’s president, the Association’s executive administrator assists the union’s 38 pilot groups in accessing the breadth of resources available through the international union and interpreting the Association’s policies and procedures.

Hired by Delta Air Lines in June 1988, Wykoff is currently a Boeing 767 captain. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot. Wykoff will continue to serve as ALPA executive administrator through December 2010.

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