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October 11, 2012

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KCM Opens at HNL
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) today became the 26th location to provide expedited crewmember access to secured areas via the Known Crewmember (KCM) program. Those using the alternative screening methodology included crews from multiple ALPA pilot groups. HNL International Airport offers KCM at security checkpoint 2, between lobbies 4 and 5, operating from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day.

KCM, a joint initiative between the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, and Airlines for America (A4A), is a risk-based screening system that enables TSA security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of crewmembers.

For the most up-to-date information on the current KCM airports and their specific KCM portal locations, select the “KCM” tab on the ALPA smart phone app for iPhones and Droids, or visit

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DAL44 Pilots Meet with Influential Congressman
Delta’s Council 44 elected officers and Government Affairs and Legislative Affairs Committee chairs recently met with Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) to discuss aviation-related issues, communicate the Association’s goals, and offer their services and support.

Congressman Scott is a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services, which positions him to weigh in on issues like foreign carrier wide-body aircraft financing by the Export-Import Bank, the federal export credit agency of the U.S. government. He fully understands the competitive disadvantage for domestic airlines of offering subsidized U.S.-manufactured aircraft to overseas carriers and is working to address ALPA’s concerns.

The congressman was also thoroughly briefed on the current effort to eliminate the cargo-carrier carve-out for flight-time/duty-time compliance under FAR 117.

The Council 44 pilots appreciate the time Scott spent with them and look forward to working together to advance policies that promote U.S. airlines and the pilot profession.

DAL pilots meet with Rep. David Scott (D-GA) in his Jonesboro office.

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Why November 6 Should Matter to You

As Election Day approaches, lawmakers face a slew of issues that directly affect the airline pilot profession. Topics like flight time/duty time, oil speculation, the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, health-care taxation, and other pertinent concerns are on the legislative agenda, and decisions about these issues will directly affect our members.

The October 2012 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine explores these issues, examines the rules for absentee voting, and talks about how ALPA-PAC is making a difference in advancing the pilot-partisan agenda.

Read why the decisions you make this Election Day—this November 6—are so important.

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ALPA Pilots Take Action around Country

FDX pilot Bill Secord meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
at his office in Greenville.

This past August, ALPA launched its newest grassroots program, “August Advocates.” Since then, ALPA volunteers have attended meetings around the country with their state representatives to discuss top pilot partisan legislative priorities.

“Meeting with my representative in his home district offered a convenient way for me to be involved in politics without travelling far from home,” said Leah Morgenthau, XJT pilot and legislative coordinator, of her visit to Rep. John Yarmuth’s (D-Ky.) Kentucky office.

“Setting up the meeting was easy, and I felt like both the member and his staff were concerned about all the issues we touched on. I was proud to be able to voice the concerns of other ALPA pilots directly to my representative.”

Pilots interested in doing advocacy work with federal representatives in their state should contact Carly Hepola at

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Watch Live Reports from the 44th ALPA BOD
Visit to access the live feed from the 44th Board of Directors meeting at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, October 15. Watch live officer reports from 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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What’s New? 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.
• Log in with your ALPA member number and password.
• Select “E-mail Distribution Lists.”
• Check the box for “ALPA Daily.”
• Submit your request.

According to the Aero-News Network, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has authorized a $117.5 million loan guarantee supporting exports of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to flydubai, a low-cost airline owned by the government of Dubai. Read more.

The Business Journal reports that a Louisiana investment group is floating the idea of buying Denver-based Frontier Airlines and moving it to New Orleans. Read more.

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ALPA Member Insurance: New Plans, Lower Rates!
A lot of changes are coming to ALPA member insurance this fall, and we think you’ll like them. Your Member Insurance Department has been working hard all year to give you what you wanted, and starting November 1, you will see lower rates and product enhancements.

ALPA is in the process of transitioning to a new insurer for all of our optional insurance plans—the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. You should have received information in the mail regarding the new Guardian plans (and the amazing rate reductions that come with them!).

Read more about the enhanced products coming November 1 and check your mail this month for group term life open enrollment information. Full product brochures explaining all the benefits of Guardian’s great plans will be available soon. Bookmark our website at and keep checking back for updates.

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Union Plus Discount on Goodyear Tires and Car Services
Regular auto maintenance and new tire purchases from Goodyear help stretch the longevity and value of your vehicle. Use the Union Plus Goodyear discount coupon for tires and services to keep your car in good shape and save money while also supporting your fellow labor union members.

Through an agreement with the company-owned Goodyear Auto Service, Just Tires, and Allied Tires & Service centers, Union Plus Goodyear discount tire deals and car service savings are now available exclusively to union members—call the store to make sure they will honor the Goodyear discount. Not every store that sells Goodyear tires is a company-owned store. You will need to provide union member ID and a copy of the coupon to get the discount.

Valid forms of ID:

• Union member card
• Paycheck showing dues deduction
• Union Plus MasterCard

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IYE Accepting Applications for 2013
The International Youth Exchange Program (IYE) for families of airline staff members is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2013. IYE matches youth ages 14 to 19 with a correspondent of similar age from an airline family abroad. The youths spend two weeks together in your home and two weeks in the home of the match family.

While overseas, your son or daughter has the opportunity to learn about another culture from someone his or her own age. Living with a family abroad for two weeks is an extraordinary way to experience another country.

All that is required is a $300 application fee (refundable if an acceptable match is not located), your airline pass, spending money, and an adventurous spirit! For further information, please visit our website at or contact retired airline staff member at

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Happy 10-11-12! Boeing today announced a $5 billion order of 50 B-737s for Alaska Airlines, the largest order in the airline’s history. The deal is a firm purchase for 20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s, and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs. Read Boeing’s press release.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
Questions or comments on this FastRead? Give us your feedback at

If you have moved or changed your ISP or e-mail address, please update your ALPA records. If you don’t, you will no longer receive the ALPA FastRead and other e-mail bulletins and notices, and once your postal forwarding order expires, you’ll no longer receive the magazine and other ALPA mail. You can do it yourself by going to and logging in. Go to “My ALPA” in the menu at the top of the page, and from there, you’ll be instructed how to make the necessary changes.

If you don’t have access to the members-only section of, you can e-mail your requests by sending them to Be sure to include your member number or enough other information so that we can identify you in the membership database, and tell us what information needs to be updated.

Please note that it is not sufficient just to notify your LEC or MEC of these changes—you should register them with the ALPA Membership Department in Herndon.

Can’t remember your member number or how to log in? Need information about your ALPA insurance programs? These and other questions about ALPA services can be answered by contacting

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