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June 30, 2011

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Congress Passes 20th FAA Reauthorization Extension Bill
President Obama has signed into law the 20th “short-term” extension to keep the FAA operating pending a final, multi-year authorization bill. This extends FAA programs through July 22, 2011.

Negotiations continue within the bicameral legislature of the Congress on how to resolve a handful of remaining differences to send a comprehensive bill to the president in the next three weeks. The House and Senate are at an impasse over funding levels, take-off and landing slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport, Essential Air Service (EAS), regulating lithium batteries, and changes in election procedures at the National Mediation Board, among other items.

The last reauthorization bill expired in 2007.

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AirTran MEC Receives Leadership Training
AirTran MEC Officers participated in leadership training this week at the ALPA Conference Center in Herndon, Va. The Association’s national officers and staff delivered detailed presentations, providing AirTran elected representatives with an overview of the many resources available to them to perform their jobs.

ATN MEC Chairman Linden Hillman called for the session in part to help prepare recently elected MEC vice chairman Capt. Keith Nafziger and secretary-treasurer Capt. Bill Beard for their new responsibilities.

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Trans States Pilots Make the Call

Manning the phones in Herndon, from left to right, are SPSC vice chair Capt. Robert Coronado, Capt. Will Cheeseman,
and F/O Zach Barnes.

Members of the Trans States MEC Strategic Planning and Strike Committee this week conducted a pilot-wide “call-out” to test the efficiency of the St. Louis and Herndon Strike Center volunteers.

The goals of this endeavor were also to refresh all communications volunteers with the SPACS software system used by ALPA to track pilot information; check that all TSA pilots have current/accurate contact information on file; ensure all pilots are able to access the TSA Crewroom website, and receive the materials published on negotiations (including an MEC negotiating video produced this week in Herndon); and survey the pilot group to provide information for the Negotiating Committee.

TSA pilot leaders were in Washington, D.C., this week for two days of negotiations with Company principals before they return to the National Mediation Board July 6 and 7.

TSA pilots have been in contract negotiations since February 2006 and have been unable to reach an agreement with a management team that continues to make proposals that offset any improvements with concessions. Trans States pilots have been forced to watch as their hard work during the past six years has been used to create and fund start-up GoJet Airlines in 2005 and purchase Compass Airlines in 2010.

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NMB Certifies IBT as Representative for Midwest Pilots
On Monday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced the results of the representation election for the approximately 3,000 pilots employed by Republic Airways Holdings (RAH). The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) will be the representative of the combined pilot group, which includes the pilots of the former Midwest Airlines, as well as those who fly for Chautauqua, Frontier, Lynx, Republic, and Shuttle America. ALPA represented the Midwest pilots to this point—throughout the sale of their airline to RAH, the subsequent furlough of all Midwest pilots, and the merger with Frontier Airlines.

In April, the NMB ruled that all RAH-owned airlines constitute a single transportation system for representation purposes concerning their pilots, and that the Midwest pilots are included in that single RAH system. A month later, the Board announced that an election was required to determine the representative for the new, combined pilot group. Implementation of the integrated seniority list, which was determined by an arbitrator earlier this year, should begin within 60 days of the representation vote certification.

While the transfer in representation takes effect immediately, the company has recently announced the financial and corporate restructuring of the Frontier Airlines portion of the operation.

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This week, on The FlightDeck

In the sixth episode of The FlightDeck, you’ll see the A380 landing at Washington-Dulles, Alaska pilots using iPads, and clips from ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak on targeting laser offenders.

You’ll also learn what industry the Gulf carriers are hauling into next, and when you might see the Known Crewmember program making its debut. Plus, find out how you can “Watch & Win” your way to a Sennheiser HMEC 26-T headset valued at $850.

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In This Month’s Issue of Air Line Pilot
Do you realize that the average cost of a round-trip domestic airline ticket in the United States has increased by only 0.6 percent in the last decade, while the cost of college tuition has jumped 116.8 percent during that same time frame? Wonder how airfare stacks up against the cost of a dozen eggs, movie tickets, and single-family homes? Read “The Decade—By the Numbers” column in the June/July issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.



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Pilots Needed for Upset Recovery Training Studies
The National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR) in Southampton, Pa., is conducting two studies to evaluate the effectiveness of using sustained motion centrifuge–based simulators for commercial airline Upset Recovery Training (URT). They need pilot volunteers for these studies, which will be conducted in the next few months. Reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided.

The first study uses new simulator technology to generate accurate, sustained G-forces that are intended to replicate the forces generated by an aircraft. The purpose is to assess the fidelity and identify operational implementation challenges of the simulator. The second study evaluates the new simulator’s effectiveness as an upset prevention and recovery trainer. Volunteer pilots will attend NASTAR’s URT course and be evaluated on their ability to recover from upsets both before and after the training.

NASTAR believes that pilot participation will contribute greatly to the improvement of commercial pilot training for upsets and potentially improve commercial aviation safety.

Click here for more information on these studies; click here for information about the pilot assessment study and click here for details about the training investigation study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Scott Glaser at NASTAR for details ( or 661-754-2732).

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This Week’s Press Releases/Web Coverage

Time Is Now for New Airline Pilot Rest Rules
ALPA submitted supplemental comments today to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging the regulator to dismiss groundless stall tactics by some in the industry and issue the flight- and duty-time regulations and minimum rest requirements for airline pilots that are urgently needed to ensure the safety of air transportation. Read more.

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Other Industry News
• The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week announced its “Most Wanted” list, highlighting the 10 most critical transportation issues that can improve safety. The list includes all forms of transportation, but among the 10 items is the need to address “human fatigue.”

• Trade groups representing foreign airlines last week asked the U.S. government for a six-month delay in implementing regulations that include penalties for international flights delayed on airport tarmacs for long periods. The International Air Transport Association made the request on behalf of airlines in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the new requirements in April, and some take effect as soon as August 23.

• U.S. airport security workers have chosen the American Federation of Government Employees to be their collective bargaining representative. With 600,000 members, the union is the nation’s largest for federal workers.

• The 49th Paris Air Show took place at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre June 20–26, showcasing the latest aviation technological innovations. Last year’s event brought together 1,982 exhibitors from 46 countries and 142 aircraft, including 42 providing flying displays.

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On July 27, 1981, ALPA celebrated its 50th birthday. At that time, the Association represented 27 airlines, had 29,300 active members, employed 225 full-time staff, and operated on an annual budget of approximately $29 million.


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