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December 13, 2011

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ALPA Opposes U.S. Export-Import Bank Lending Increase
Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, wrote to members of Congress, asking them to oppose a request by the U.S. Export-Import Bank to allow its lending limit to be extended beyond its current $100 billion limit in a year-end omnibus bill. “The bank’s request should not be considered until a comprehensive debate on the merits of the lending cap and, even more broadly, on how the bank operates with respect to aircraft financing, can be held in Congress,” said Moak.

The ALPA president added, “We believe that the bank should be operating with more transparency, especially as its financing relates to aircraft transactions, which make up approximately half of the bank’s lending capacity.”

This action follows the Association’s recent effort to bar the bank from providing millions in U.S. taxpayer dollars to guarantee financing for Air India to purchase a large number of aircraft. On November 29, ALPA was granted permission to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Airlines for America, which requested a U.S. District Court to enjoin the U.S. Export-Import Bank from making financial guarantees for Air India for the purchase of new aircraft.

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Eissler Appointed ALPA Security Chief
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak on December 2 formally approved the appointment of Capt. Fred Eissler (FDX) as the Association’s new Aviation Security chairman. The MD-11 pilot now heads the security branch of ALPA’s Air Safety Organization.

“Fred’s extensive background, coupled with his knowledge and enthusiasm, make him a solid choice for this demanding position,” said Moak. “I look forward to working with him to implement our security priorities and to keep our operations secure.”

In addition to his new role, Eissler is the FDX MEC Legislative Affairs Committee chairman. He’s also served his pilot group as chair of the MEC Negotiating and Hotel committees as well as the Schedule Improvement Group. Eissler flew A-6E Intruders for the U.S. Navy and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He and his family live in West Chester, Pa.

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Moak to Speak at NATCA Conference, Pilots Encouraged to Attend
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak is slated to be one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 NATCA “Communicating for Safety” conference, January 30 through February 1, in Atlanta, Ga. The conference will cover a broad range of topics pertinent to airline pilots, and ALPA encourages members to sign up and attend this important event.

“Air traffic control is a vital component of our air transportation system and it’s important that we take advantage of this kind of opportunity to share information and exchange ideas,” said Moak. “‘Communicating for Safety’ provides us valuable time to talk with controllers, outside the cockpit.”

“Communicating for Safety” is a national, high-profile summit, similar in presentation to ALPA’s Air Safety Forum and held annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Senior officials from both government and industry will present speeches, panel discussions, and workshops that highlight aviation safety. Past agendas have dealt with issues like fatigue and human performance, NAS and the environment, unmanned aerial systems, accident investigations, and more.

For more information about “Communicating with Safety” and to register, visit

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FDX Pilots Spread Holiday Cheer
In the holiday season’s spirit of giving, FedEx pilots this month delivered food baskets and gifts to various schools, hospitals, and day-care centers throughout different cities.

Through the Pilots for Kids program, FedEx pilots helped more than 30 families in Memphis celebrate Christmas at Hope House, a Memphis day-care center devoted to children who have been affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. As part of this annual tradition, FedEx pilots contribute food, gifts, clothing, and money to the support of children and families in need.

Separate groups of FedEx pilots in Anchorage, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles made similar visits to deliver gifts to schools and hospitals in those cities during the month of December.

“These visits provide our pilots with an opportunity to reach out to the communities in which we live and affect the lives of children and families who are less fortunate,” said Capt. Scott Stratton, FedEx MEC chairman. “These visits remind us what the true spirit of the holiday season is.”

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Take the Survey
ALPA’s Government Affairs Department and Political Action Committee play vital roles in influencing legislative and regulatory decisions that determine national air transportation policy. Call to Action programs provide ALPA members with a chance to contact their elected public officials and voice their opinions . . . but how familiar are you with these Association efforts?

Please take a moment to complete a six-question survey and tell us what you think about these and other Government Affairs issues. We want to hear from you.

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Other Industry News
• Per the Seattle Times, the Boeing 777 has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for extended operations (ETOPS) flights up to 330 minutes away from the nearest available airport. Read more.

• The Sacramento Bee reports that American Eagle was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide essential air service between Chicago O’Hare and Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, and also between O’Hare and Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo, Iowa. Read more.

• According to the Los Angeles Times, Southwest Airlines has ordered 208 new Boeing 737s, valued at nearly $19 billion. Read more.

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On December 16, 1960, a TWA Constellation collided with a United DC-8 over Staten Island, N.Y., killing 134 people and once again illustrating the need for the development of an effective collision avoidance system. Today, traffic collision avoidance systems are standard issue in most airliners.


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