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November 15, 2012

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ALPA Supports NTSB’s Annual Most Wanted List

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l yesterday expressed qualified support for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) annual Most Wanted List. However, with cargo pilots due to receive a lower level of protection from aircrew fatigue than their passenger counterparts, ongoing concerns about pilot fatigue remain. The list, announced yesterday by the NTSB, included the prevention of in-flight fires and illustrates that concerns about pilot and controller professionalism have been effectively addressed.

Although the NTSB dropped transportation worker fatigue after the Federal Aviation Administration published new flight-time and duty-time rules for passenger pilots in December 2011, Chairman Deborah Hersman made it clear that pilot fatigue—and, in particular, the exclusion of pilots who fly for all-cargo airlines from the recently adopted science-based flight and duty regulations—must continue to be addressed.

“We remain adamant that the new, science-based federal aviation regulations on pilot fatigue must be expanded to cover pilots of all-cargo aircraft,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA president. “ALPA looks forward to maintaining our long-standing partnership with the NTSB in reviewing industry progress toward a true single level of safety for all pilots of all airliners.

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Capt. Moak Discusses Pilot Shortage on NPR
This morning, ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak, Regional Airline Association President Roger Cohen, and Wall Street Journal writer Andy Pasztor appeared on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show to talk about the anticipated pilot shortage.

Listen to today’s Diane Rehm Show.

Read a recent Wall Street Journal article on the projected pilot shortage as well as ALPA’s response.

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ALPA to Senate: Fast-Track Huerta Confirmation as FAA Administrator

Acting FAA Administrator
Michael Huerta
As President Barack Obama begins to organize his second-term administration, ALPA called on the Senate to accelerate a vote to confirm Michael Huerta as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Huerta has faithfully served as acting administrator since December 5, 2011, and the Association and other airline industry stakeholders have greatly benefited from his leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication to U.S. air transportation.

In a November 14 letter to Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president, requested swift action. “Steady, long-term leadership is critical as the agency navigates the growing demands on the largest aviation system in the world. Michael Huerta is the right person for the job, and we urge the Senate to confirm him expeditiously,” said Moak.

Following passage of FAA reauthorization legislation last March, ALPA previously called for Huerta’s confirmation. At that time, Moak credited the acting administrator for his ability “to provide stability and direction as we undertake a massive upgrade to our nation’s air traffic control system.” Moak was referencing the bill’s approval for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, which is modernizing the nation’s aviation infrastructure.

Huerta has been an active ALPA ally and a strong advocate for industry collaboration to advance aviation safety initiatives. Last August, he served as keynote speaker at the Association’s 58th Air Safety Forum.

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Delta MEC Officer Elections
Today, the Delta MEC met in regular session in Atlanta to elect new MEC officers.

Capt. Kingsley Roberts, an Atlanta-based 737 pilot, was elected to the position of MEC chairman. Capt. Jim Van Sickle, an Atlanta–based 767-400 pilot, was reelected MEC vice chairman; F/O Kevin Guilfoyle, an Atlanta-based 767 pilot, was reelected MEC secretary; and F/O Bren Fries, a New York City-based 767-400 pilot, was reelected MEC treasurer.

The new officers assume their new duties January 1, 2013.

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Aviation Security Leadership Convenes in Herndon

Capt. Fred Eissler (FDX), ALPA’s Aviation Security chair, convened a meeting of the Air Safety Organization’s Aviation Security leaders and subject matter experts today in ALPA’s Herndon, Va. office. First vice president and national safety coordinator, Capt. Sean Cassidy (ALA), participated along with a dozen other pilots and staff from the Engineering & Air Safety Department.

The group recapped events from 2012, conducted a strategic planning review which included priorities set by ALPA’s 2012 Board of Directors, and created plans for security events in 2013, among other activities.

Yesterday, the group toured the Transportation Security Administration’s Transportation Security Operations Center, which coordinates and manages numerous aspects of aviation security in North America, and the National Targeting Center, which is focused on improving cargo security and operated by TSA and Customs and Border Protection.

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PCRO Meets in Ottawa
Capt. Peter Black (FAB), who chairs the ALPA President’s Committee for Remote Operations (PCRO), convened the group this week in Ottawa. Black, PCRO members, and ALPA Engineering & Air Safety Department staff continued their review of the far northern airfields in Canada and the United States as part of their mandate to identify safety improvements in those areas.

A major focus for PCRO activity is identifying all the changes that are required to support establishing precision approach capability to all runway ends, which was identified as an ALPA priority at the 2012 ALPA Board of Directors meeting. Factors such as airport infrastructure, runway marking and lighting, and development of satellite-based precision procedures must all be considered in bringing this capability to remote airports.

Of particular concern is the availability of resources to make these needed improvements. The committee is investigating various means of educating local communities about the advantages, both in safety and efficiency, of investing in such improvements, and is also investigating government programs that might be used to provide resources. In addition, the committee continued its work with NavCanada on the approach-development process in Canada.

During the Ottawa meeting, representatives of NavCanada and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada made presentations and engaged in discussions with committee members. In establishing future goals and direction, the committee intends to continue gathering data on existing capabilities and ways to improve them, as well as expand the discussions to include the U.S. FAA and Transport Canada.

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Pilots in Atlanta Area Needed for Georgia Tech Study
The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech is seeking glass-qualified airline pilots to participate in simulator-based research into aviation safety with a focus on supporting the pilot in busy air traffic environments. The simulator is simple, based on desktop computers, and any current glass-cockpit Part 121 or Part 135 pilot is welcome.

The research is being conducted at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and lasts four hours plus breaks. Participants will each receive a $200 stipend in addition to reimbursement for on-campus parking. Any transportation and lodging costs are the responsibility of the pilot volunteer, and sessions are currently being scheduled for dates starting November 18 and running through early December.

If you want to participate or would like more information, please contact Justin Mullins at or (919) 384-5849.

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Weigh In on Solar Glare
An FAA-funded survey is being conducted under the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s (ACRP) Guidebook for Energy Facilities’ Compatibility with Airports and Airspace Project #02-38. The purpose of the survey is to obtain empirical information from pilots on the sources of solar glare and their effects.

The survey should take you only five minutes to complete, and your answers are confidential. Take the survey.

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Get the Scoop! 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 CBS News, First Air has confirmed it will close its jet pilot base in Yellowknife. Read more.

Yahoo! Finance reports that Air Transat marked the 25th anniversary of its inaugural flight yesterday. Read more.

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A Flying Tigers B-707 completed the first transpolar around-the-world flight. The crew consisted of three TWA pilots, a Flying Tigers captain, and a Boeing test pilot. The aircraft departed from Palm Springs, Calif., on November 15, 1965, making stops in Honolulu, London, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, and Christchurch. The flight took two days to complete, before touching down in Burbank, Calif.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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