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October 31, 2012

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Airports Status for the Next Few Days
The ALPA Air Safety Organizationís Airport and Ground Environment Group (AGE), through the volunteer Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) program, has been in contact with airport authorities, airline managements, and the FAA to obtain a comprehensive picture of the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The FAA Command Center is monitoring the rapidly changing status of the airports in the region, and the airports closest to New York City have been hit the hardest. Most other airports whose ground facilities were affected by the storm (ACY, BWI, DCA, EWR, IAD, and PHL) survived with minor damage and should be in service within the next 24 hours, if not already.

We anticipate that operations at all affected airports will be phased in over several days. Keep in mind that the status of airports in the region could change at a momentís notice, so please review all NOTAMS and dispatch paperwork carefully and be extremely vigilant of any changes to navaids, airport lighting, and signage status prior to your departures to or from the affected airports.

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AERF Assistance Available for Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest storms ever to hit the United States, slammed the East Coast with torrential rains and fierce winds. Many of the millions of residents in the stormís path suffered home damage and flooding. In addition, nine states in this region have declared a state of emergency.

The ALPA Emergency Relief Fund (AERF) stands ready to help pilot members and their families adversely affected by this tremendous weather system. Simply visit the AERF web page and submit a request.

However, given the sheer size of the storm and the potential extent of the damage, AERF directors are also calling on ALPA members to please contribute generously to the Fund as well. All of your donations go to help pilots and their families in need, and contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S.

AERF is a non-profit corporation that provides for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to natural disasters and other large-scale catastrophes. AERF is funded from contributions by ALPA members and staff, and is one of the many tangible benefits of belonging to the Association.

To apply for an AERF grant or make a donation, please visit

Watch a brief video about a previous AERF recipient.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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If you donít 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 changesóyou should register them with the ALPA Membership Department in Herndon.

Canít 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 membership@alpa.orgg.

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