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September 27, 2012

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RYN Crewmembers Approve LOA to Ease Status Changes
Flightcrew members at Ryan International Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, have overwhelmingly approved contract changes that will make it easier for them to transition between aircraft types and cash out vacation time if they are furloughed.

Almost 95 percent of the RYN crewmembers voting supported the letter of agreement, which is intended to assist the bankrupt airline’s restructuring efforts while preserving as many pilot jobs as possible.

“These revisions to our contract are a major benefit for crewmembers, as they reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the pay reductions due to transitions, streamline many of the procedures, and give greater flexibility,” said RYN MEC chairman Capt. Erik Sparks. “They allow more crewmembers the opportunity to end up where they would most like to be, all while bringing us ever closer to a system of straight seniority.”

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FAB Crewmembers Abandon Federal Conciliation, Seek Arbitration
Negotiators for cockpit crewmembers at Canadian carrier First Air say they are deadlocked after almost two years at the bargaining table, and will seek an arbitrator to craft a new agreement at the northern airline.

Negotiators and the FAB MEC reached the decision after talks using a federally appointed conciliator broke down this week. Under the current contract, both sides are required to enter arbitration if face-to-face talks fail.

First Air’s crewmembers are seeking industry-standard cost of living increases and higher per diems. Many members of the group live and work in arctic communities with high living costs, but management wants lower cost-of-living adjustments that would move the FAB group below industry standard.

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ALPA Sponsors Resume Workshops in Cincinnati, Orlando, Detroit
Throughout the month of September, ALPA sponsored full-day resume and interviewing workshops for pilots at Comair and ASTAR who are dealing with closure and those at Pinnacle who are facing potential furloughs. For many of these pilots, it is an unexpected return to the job hunt. Aviation recruitment experts provided resume tips as well as advice on interviews. During the six days in three cities, almost 200 pilots took advantage of the free workshops.

“It’s only been two months since we found out Comair was closing,” said Comair F/O Mark Rado, who attended the workshops. “These workshops helped me fine-tune my resume to today’s job market and be better prepared for my interviews. The facilitators met with each attendee one-on-one to make sure we put our best foot forward.”

The topics presented included everything from resume formatting to what to wear to an interview. It also gave pilots facing similar circumstances a chance to meet, compare notes, and make contacts.

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XJT Pilots Make a Splash in Houston
ExpressJet pilots made a splash in Houston for their third Family Awareness event. With 260 people in attendance at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark on September 22, ALPA leaders provided a status update on contract negotiations, the merger, and other union initiatives. Volunteers were on hand throughout the day to answer questions and provide additional information on contract enforcement efforts, scheduling, and other issues. Pilots and their family members also had an opportunity to enjoy the water coasters and slides, wave pools, kid playgrounds, and other features within the waterpark.

Family Awareness events have been planned for all four of the crew bases in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and Newark. The first event was held last month in Cleveland at Cedar Point, where 140 people came out to get an update from the union on current events and enjoy the amusement park. Another event was held earlier this month at the Brookfield Zoo, where participants also explored 216 acres with approximately 450 species of animals and various exhibits. The next event will be held in Newark on October 6. While there, pilots and their families will have an opportunity to watch a Major League Soccer game and root for their home team as the New York Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire.

ExpressJet ALPA leaders established a Family Awareness program to further connect pilots with their union, keep pilot family members informed of rapidly changing events, and provide a means for family members to offer feedback.

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Catch the Latest Aviation News! Read ALPA Daily
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The new “ALPA Daily” feature at will keep you informed of the latest industry developments and analysis from around the globe. Check it out each day to stay up-to-date on the news that affects pilots and the piloting profession.

ALPA members can sign up to receive ALPA Daily in their e-mail:

Visit this link.
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• According to Morningstar, the European Union asked the World Trade Organization for permission to slap $12 billion worth of trade penalties on U.S. companies, alleging that the U.S. government hasn’t ended subsidies to aircraft giant Boeing Co. that the WTO said last year violated international trade rules. Read more.

• reports that U.S. airports may be reporting fewer runway and taxiway incursion incidents, but risks remain. Read more.

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NextGen Institute Discusses Challenges, Potential
The NextGen Institute held its annual public meeting recently. The importance of continuing to press forward on NextGen initiatives was hailed by members of Congress as well as current and former FAA administrators. The discussion about the challenges ahead, current success stories, and potential for NextGen to be a game changer for U.S. aviation is a discussion ALPA will remain focused upon. As Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) notes, “Everyone who believes in NextGen . . . will have to go to Capitol Hill and tell members of Congress that we need the funding to go forward in a permanent way.”

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Tune In to Watch Highlights from 44th ALPA BOD
Won’t be attending the BOD? Interested in what ALPA leaders will discuss? The national officer reports during ALPA’s 44th Board of Directors meeting will be streamed live directly from the meeting.

Bookmark to access the live feed at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, and listen to the reports of Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA president; Capt. Sean Cassidy, first vice president; Capt. Bill Couette, vice president-administration/secretary; and Capt. Randy Helling, vice president–finance/treasurer.

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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.

Read why November 6 should matter to you on page 21 of the October issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 18th installment of The FlightDeck, watch coverage of the 58th Air Safety Forum and the extraordinary pilots honored at this year’s event.

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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ALPA published the first issue (Vol. 1, No. 1) of its monthly report for members, News and Progress Bulletin, on Oct. 1, 1931.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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