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July 2, 2010—In This Issue:

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Capt. Duane Woerth

ALPA Commends Administration’s Intent to Nominate Woerth as Ambassador to ICAO
ALPA president Capt. John Prater issued a statement after the announcement of President Barack Obama’s intent to nominate Capt. Duane E. Woerth as Ambassador, International Civil Aviation Organization, Department of State. Read more.

Pinnacle, Mesaba, and Colgan Pilot Leaders Express Optimism About Pinnacle Purchase of Mesaba
Pilot leaders at Pinnacle, Mesaba, and Colgan Airlines responded to yesterday’s announcement of Pinnacle Airline Corp.’s purchase of Mesaba Airlines for $62 million. Read more.

Trans States and Compass Pilot Leaders Respond to Announced Sale
Pilot leaders at Trans States Airlines and Compass Airlines responded to yesterday’s announcement of the purchase of Compass Airlines by Trans States Holdings. Read more.

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All Furloughed ASA Pilots Recalled
The first and only pilot furlough in the 31-year history of Atlantic Southeast Airlines has come to an end. All furloughed ASA pilots have received recall notices to return to work.

Faced with the effects of a deteriorating economy, ASA opted to furlough 136 pilots in 2009. However, assigned block hours from Delta have increased, creating the demand for additional staffing.

ASA MEC chairman Capt. David Nieuwenhuis said, “We’ve been working toward and hoping for this positive news for months. Speaking on behalf of all ASA pilots currently on the line, we are glad to have our coworkers and friends back on the job.”

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ALPA Reps Talk Security with DHS Secretary
ALPA president Capt. John Prater had what he later described as a “very positive” hour-long meeting with Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 29. Joining Prater were Capt. Robb Powers (Alaska), chairman of ALPA’s National Security Committee, and Jim Andresakes, supervisor, Aviation Security, of the ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department. Noah Kroloff, DHS chief of staff for policy, and Art Macias, chief of staff, Office of the Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), also participated in the discussions.

The ALPA reps talked about the Association’s four greatest concerns regarding airline and airport security: the need for (1) improvements in the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, (2) secondary cockpit barriers on all passenger and all-cargo airliners, (3) transition to a trust-based aviation security screening system, and (4) improvements to security in the all-cargo domain that will achieve one level of safety and security equal to that of passenger airlines.

Regarding the FFDO program, Prater pointed out that the program needs more money (ALPA has asked Congress to double the program’s budget). He said the size and organization of the inadequately staffed managerial structure that administers the FFDO program also needs an overhaul. One measure of the program’s budgetary woes is a recent slowdown in the rate of acceptance of FFDO candidates into the program.

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Continental and United Express Pilots Steer in New Direction

Click here to view a photo slideshow of the United and Continental express carrier pilots’ meeting.

ALPA pilot leaders from United Express and Continental Express carriers, including Atlantic Southeast, Colgan Air, CommutAir, ExpressJet, Mesa Air Group, and Trans States, met this week in Houston as part of a new joint standing committee to discuss and develop plans, in the event the proposed merger of Continental and United occurs. Specific focus was on developing strategies to reshape the fee-for-departure system for both carriers’ networks and to help guide positive change for both regional and mainline pilots. Discussion also surrounded coordination of safety and training initiatives (ASAP, FOQA, AQP), optimization of scope, and enhancement of pilot career options across carriers and networks.

After reviewing the conditions at each MEC, followed by an examination of system operations within the Continental and United Express networks, the pilots developed work groups to address common goals and problems. These groups were tasked with exploring the specified topics, developing solutions, and reporting back to the joint standing committee at future meetings.

After the meeting, members of the committee issued the following statement: “We are at an extraordinary crossroads for the future of fee-for-departure carriers. While we learned from watching the developments in the carrier network that occurred after the Delta-Northwest merger, we are still at the beginning stages of the United-Continental merger. We have a singular opportunity, if we can speak with one voice and unity of purpose, to influence how management and ALPA carriers will work in the new system. We see this as the potential to significantly advance the piloting profession, bring much-needed stability to airline jobs and open up an expanded range of career options for pilots, throughout all levels of the mainline and regional carrier networks.”

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ALPA R&I Document Explains Health Care Plan Changes
Although President Obama signed the health care reform legislation in March, questions remain about the interpretation of the new laws and the timeline for change. In recent months, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services have jointly published regulations, including the explanation of rules for union-negotiated health care plans.

ALPA’s Retirement and Insurance Department on June 29 issued an R&I Update that examines these new rules and explains how they apply to different kinds of collectively bargained plans. This information revises the April 2010 R&I Update, which provided the Health Care Reform Summary and Implementation Update.

To read the June 29 R&I Update, click here. (ALPA Members: please log onto the ALPA members-only website to view this document).

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On July 1, 1950, the pilots of Los Angeles Airways joined ALPA, making them the first helicopter pilots to become members. Los Angeles Airways offered service to area airports as well as to Disneyland from Los Angeles International Airport.



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