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July 30, 2010—In This Issue:

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ALPA: Aviation Bill Will Advance Airline Safety
ALPA president Capt. John Prater today issued a statement after the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate voted Thursday and Friday, respectively, to advance key safety-related provisions as part of an extension of the FAA reauthorization bill – HR 5900.
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House Passes ALPA-Endorsed Laser Legislation
On July 27, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2010 (H.R. 5810). Sponsored by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA), H.R. 5810 would amend Title 18 of the United States Code to establish “criminal penalties for knowingly aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft or its flight path,” ranging from a fine to up to five years in prison.

Since the widely reported Teterboro, N.J., lasing incident in late 2004 resulted in the first federal criminal prosecution of laser pointing under the USA PATRIOT Act, ALPA has increasingly called for federal legislation to address the rapidly growing laser-illumination threat to aviation.

The ALPA National Security Committee (NSC) has led ALPA’s efforts in coordination with the FBI, the TSA Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network (ALEAN), and numerous state, local, and airport law enforcement organizations, including the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF).

(For more information, please click here.)

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Pilots Approve Transition and Process Agreement, Proceed to JCBA Negotiations
This week, the Continental and United MECs approved a Transition and Process Agreement that was negotiated with the managements of Continental and United. The Transition and Process Agreement includes protections and enhancements for pilots during the transition period between now and when the merged company begins to operate, as well as defines the process for negotiating the joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA).

CAL MEC chair Capt. Jay Pierce said, “The Transition and Process Agreement gives all of our pilots important protections and benefits until the merger is completed and we have a JCBA.”

UAL MEC chair Capt. Wendy Morse added “Just as importantly, this agreement allows us to proceed to the next phase of the process: negotiating a JCBA that will provide our pilots with improvements in the cornerstone areas of our contract.”

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AirTran to Open Orlando Pilot Base
AirTran representatives announced Tuesday that the airline will open a pilot base in Orlando, Fla., to supplement its current Atlanta and Milwaukee pilot domiciles. The Orlando base is projected to include 100 pilots. The airline also announced a new $6.9 million operations center to be located in Orlando.

“We welcome the addition of this new domicile,” said AirTran MEC chairman Capt. Linden Hillman. “We look forward to the day when we are able to announce a new labor agreement with AirTran management to complement this good news.”

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New White Paper on Aviation Sustainability and Environment
The President’s Task Force on Aviation Sustainability and the Environment has written a new white paper that presents ALPA’s views on the challenges that the airline industry faces in meeting today’s demands for continually decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases.

The paper provides an overview of how these challenges are being met through advanced technology and better operating procedures, while highlighting the enormous strides that the airlines have already made to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The document focuses on the need to ensure that safety comes first with any new operational measures designed to conserve fuel, and it describes research into new alternative, renewable fuels.


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Active TCAS-Experienced Pilots Invited to Participate in Volpe Study
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center is conducting an online study about air traffic displays, and active, TCAS-experienced pilots are invited to participate. The study takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Pilots will see short videos of traffic displays and answer questions about the targets on the display. Results of the study will be considered by the FAA and industry when developing guidance for future Cockpit Displays of Traffic Information.

To learn more about the study and to participate, go to Results of the study may be presented to the RTCA, an industry group that develops avionics standards and recommendations ( For further information on human factors research at the Volpe Center, go to

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Don’t Miss ALPA’s 56th Air Safety Forum

This year’s premier safety event will be held August 30–31 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The event’s public day begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. This year’s Forum will include the following ALPA committees: Safety, Security, Pilot Assistance, Jumpseat, and President’s Committee for Cargo.

Need to register, and want more information?

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Dance Card Empty for Labor Day?
Numerous events scheduled around the U.S. celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

For example, the annual Labor Day Parade in Euclid, Ohio (near Cleveland) is planned for Saturday, September 4, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Buy American; Buy Local.” Click here for event details.

Residents in the Windy City can enjoy the Labor Day at Millennium Park on Monday, September 6, from 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The Chicago Federation of Labor and its affiliated unions present a special event for union families at the Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Please note that ALPA’s Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee will be participating, led by chairman Capt. Mike Donatelli (DAL), and ALPA president Capt. John Prater and AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka will be speaking. For tickets, please contact Capt. Donatelli at or call the Chicago Federation of Labor at 312-222-1000.

Don’t see something near you? Check your local newspaper or speak with your status rep. Let’s put the labor back in Labor Day!

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On ALPA’s 50th anniversary—July 27, 1981—the Association represented 27 airlines, had 29,300 active members, employed 225 full-time staff at its home offices, and operated on an annual budget of approximately $29 million.



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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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