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April 17, 2012

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Moak Statement on Safe Skies Act
Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, issued the following statement on the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Safe Skies Act of 2012 (H.R. 4350):

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, hails the introduction of the Safe Skies Act of 2012 as serious action to enhance the safety of air transportation by ensuring that all-cargo airlines meet the same high safety standards as the passenger airlines with which they share airports and airspace.

“Airline pilots strongly commend Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) for their leadership in introducing this bill. If passed, the legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to apply the Federal Aviation Administration’s flight- and duty-time regulations and minimum rest requirements to all-cargo airline operations in the same way that the science-based regulations currently apply to passenger operations.

“All airline pilots are human beings, and all airline operations should benefit from the same high safety standards. This bill would achieve what Congress intended when it passed the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2010 (P.L. 11-216), by mandating that the FAA’s regulations apply to all commercial airline pilots, regardless of whether they fly passengers or cargo. ALPA urges Congress to take up and pass the Cravaack-Bishop bill as swiftly as possible.”

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ALPA Hosts Cargo Safety/Security Conference

View a photo slideshow of the conference.

An ALPA public conference, “Air Cargo Safety and Security: Closing the Gaps,” got off to a rousing start this morning when Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) described the bill he introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday evening to overturn the “cargo carveout” in the FAA’s recent final fatigue rule for airline pilots. The bill, HR4350, was co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Bishop (D-NY).

More than 100 ALPA members and leaders, government and industry representatives, and news reporters gathered in Washington, D.C., for the full day of panel presentations and freewheeling discussion of issues in all-cargo safety and security. Panel subjects included government and industry perspectives, lithium batteries as air cargo, all-cargo security, flight time/duty time issues, bilateral issues and trade agreements, and airport firefighting for all-cargo operations.

ALPA’s president, Capt. Lee Moak, noted, “We’ve made a lot of progress” in passenger airline security since 9/11, but the same level of success has proved elusive in the all-cargo world. Moak stressed that ALPA does not endorse a “one-size-fits-all” solution to the inequities between passenger and all-cargo safety and security, but argued that “greater commonality” could be achieved by all stakeholders working together.

Read more.

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Congress: Protect Our Jobs in Ex–Im Bank Reauthorization
Airline pilots from across the nation, representing ALPA and the Allied Pilots Association (APA), took to Capitol Hill today to attend a U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The pilots delivered letters to members of the committee highlighting airline industry workers’ concerns about the subsidies the Ex–Im Bank provides to foreign airlines that put U.S. airlines at a disadvantage in the global marketplace and threaten thousands of U.S. airline employees’ jobs.

“Airline pilots and thousands of airline industry employees across the country need the U.S. Congress to seize the opportunity presented by the Ex–Im Bank reauthorization to protect U.S. workers and their jobs,” said ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak. ALPA also placed an advertisement underscoring pilots’ concerns.

During the past five years, the Bank has provided financing for dozens of wide-body aircraft to foreign airlines, with aircraft financing representing more than 40 percent of all Bank financing. This financing is provided at rates that are not available to U.S. airlines, and many of these Bank-subsidized aircraft are being used on routes that are, have been, or could be served by U.S. airlines. U.S. carriers have found that they have needed to withdraw from or not enter routes that might otherwise be economically viable, costing airline workers’ jobs.

Read more.

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Dallas-Area EGL Pilots Rally

View a photo slideshow of the rally.

ALPA’s American Eagle MEC and SPC held a family awareness rally and picnic at Six Flags Over Texas on Saturday to provide Dallas/Fort Worth-area pilot families with an opportunity to network, ask questions, and get information from their elected leaders about the AMR bankruptcy.

“Bankruptcy affects the entire family, not just the employee,” said Capt. Tony Gutierrez, EGL MEC chairman. “ALPA strongly believes that large family decisions are made collectively at the dinner table. With that in mind, ALPA sponsored this event to help educate the pilots and their families on what lies ahead.”

More than 500 Eagle pilots and their family members feasted on a traditional Texas barbecue and enjoyed a day together at the park. Speakers included ALPA vice president–administration Capt. Bill Couette (an Eagle pilot), MEC vice chairman Capt. Dave Ryter, SPC chairman F/O Hector Corpeno, and Negotiating Committee chairman Capt. Doug Gibbs. SPC Family Awareness coordinator Capt. Herb Wall coordinated the event. For more details, see the June/July issue of Air Line Pilot.

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ALA Pilots Help Kids with Disabilities

From the left are Jon Botten, CEO of Dynamic Partners; F/O Craig Davidson, AAPCF Board Associate; Capt. Dan Hoffman, AAPCF Board President; and Patrice Briggs, Community Relations Contact for Dynamic Partners.

A $14,150 grant from the Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund will help provide therapy for thousands of children with disabilities around the Greater Puget Sound, Wash., area.

Last year, Dynamic Partners, a consortium of organizations that collaborate to help children with special needs reach their full potential, served 2,300 kids in Washington State’s South King and Pierce Counties.

Dynamic Partners, which is headquartered in Kent, Wash., is expanding its ability to serve children by opening a third location in Burien. That location, already under renovation, will allow the organization to double the number of kids it can serve within the next five years.

Read more.

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ALPA-PAC Recurring Contribution Option via Credit/Debit Card
As of today, ALPA members can contribute to ALPA-PAC on a monthly basis via credit or debit card, in addition to one-time credit/debit contributions. This low maintenance, easy-to-use option will allow pilots to give to the PAC in small installments every month using any card with a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express logo.

Recurring contributions enable the PAC to better budget its resources and plan more effectively for the future; allowing pilots to get the most for your money. This new option will be especially useful for ALPA members at AIS, ARW, ATI, CMR, CMT, EIA, NAA, PSA, RYN, SCA, TSA, and TSC who do not currently have a check-off option for PAC contributions.

Click here to become a pilot partisan and join ALPA-PAC with a recurring contribution today. With your help, ALPA-PAC is building a pro-pilot congress to level the playing field globally for our industry and our profession.

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Stay Connected
Stay connected with your union, your profession, and your industry by reading Air Line Pilot magazine and watching monthly episodes of The FlightDeck.

Learn how to maximize your Social Security benefits on page 48 of the April issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 14th installment of The FlightDeck, hear the latest in the Export-Import Bank debate.

Remember that both Air Line Pilot and The FlightDeck can also be accessed from the members-only portion of the ALPA website at

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We Want Photos from the Line

The ALPA Facebook page is getting a facelift using your photos. Send your best pictures—taken in accordance with FARs, CARs, and company policy—from the airport or in the sky, and you could see them posted on the We Are ALPA Facebook page and on The FlightDeck. Submit your quality images to


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Other Industry News
USA Today examines how Boeing has updated its 737 for a new era. Read more.

• According to the Huffington Post, Richard Branson Is Quite Busy Not Owning Virgin America. Read more.

USA Today also reports that pilot fatigue was to blame for a January 2011 onboard incident that left 16 people injured, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada concluded in a report released Monday. Read more.

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On this day in 1973, Federal Express began operations, using a fleet of 14 Dassault Falcon 20 jets to transport air cargo among 25 cities, with Memphis International Airport as a central sorting hub.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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