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January 24, 2013

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LaHood, Huerta Speak at Aero Club
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke at the Aero Club of Washington yesterday about the status of American aviation.

“I often tell people that America has the best—and the safest—aviation system in the world,” said LaHood. “We owe this success not just to the hardworking folks at the FAA, but to all of you and our partners throughout aviation.”

He continued, “Today the American aviation industry is strong, and it’s getting stronger. More people are flying, and more cargo is being shipped around the world. American aviation is better positioned to take on global competitors, support economic growth, and keep America moving.”

LaHood also took this opportunity to ceremonially “swear in” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, who discussed aviation safety.

“The way to enhance safety is to keep the lines of communication open between business and government—to foster the ability and willingness to share information about any challenges we might be facing and that arise. We want to create an atmosphere where people feel they can share what they know, all in the pursuit of safety,” said Huerta.

Read LaHood’s speech.

Read Huerta’s speech.

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Safe Skies Act Call to Action, New “Friends and Family” Tool
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, has launched a new Call to Action in support of the Safe Skies Act of 2013. Like its predecessor in the 112th Congress, the Safe Skies Act of 2013 will correct the oversight made by the Federal Aviation Administration in its final regulations (FAR 117) that addressed pilot fatigue for passenger airlines only.

For decades, ALPA has advocated for “One Level of Safety” for the simple reason that all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally, regardless of payload or flight mission. Contact your representative today to urge him/her to support the Safe Skies Act and achieve one level of safety.

New Take Action “Friends & Family” Tool—In response to numerous requests and suggestions from our members, we have an exciting new tool this year that will allow friends, family, and other non-ALPA members to write Congress in support of the Safe Skies Act. ALPA is providing a new service through POPVOX that will allow individuals to send letters to Congress from our website without an ALPA log-in. The tool also includes new interactive features and social media functions that allow users to share their messages using Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. See our new “friends & family” take action tool!

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ALPA Canada Board: SMS Essential to Aviation Safety
The ALPA Canada Board issued the following response to CBC-TV’s program, “Power & Politics with Evan Solomon,” which aired on January 22.

“Safety management systems (SMS) are a valuable tool to enhance safety in aviation and other transportation industries in Canada. SMS aid airlines by helping to identify and mitigate safety risks that have not been anticipated by regulators. As a result, SMS programs are critical to ensuring the highest safety standards are maintained and providing a continuous means of identifying hazards before they become serious.

“Equally important is the concept that nonpunitive and confidential safety programs remain a foundation for heading off safety risks before incidents or accidents occur.”

Read more.

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ARW Pilots Evaluate Plan, Ramp Up SPSC Efforts
ALPA pilot leaders at Air Wisconsin convened last week in Herndon, Va., to, among other things, discuss negotiations and evaluate their strategic plan. In negotiations for more than two years, Air Wisconsin pilots are seeking to improve wages, benefits, and work rules. Progress has slowed considerably in recent months as the parties are working on the economic sections of the contract.

Efforts continue to keep members informed on the status of negotiations and get them involved in the process. Family Awareness events and Pilot Unity Building (PUB) nights are being planned for 2013. Additionally, union reps are working to meet with each Air Wisconsin pilot directly over the next couple of months to talk about the issues, update contact information, and get pilot input on the process.

Also during the meeting, the MEC conferred with key committee chairmen and ALPA’s officers, SPSC, and top staff. Items discussed included grievances and efforts under way to resolve those issues, airline finances and the forecast for 2013, Part 117 and how it will affect the operation, and current legislation and the work of the Political Action Committee.

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Security Bulletin Addresses Layover Concerns
ALPA Security Alert Bulletin 2013-01 has been issued to address an alarming new trend. Recently, flight and cabin crewmembers have been targeted for fraud or other criminal activities during layovers in several cities. In some cases, crewmembers have been called by persons posing as hotel employees claiming that room billing problems had occurred and requesting personal financial information to rectify the issue.

In one early morning incident, a flight attendant was advised by an individual posing as a hotel employee that there was a problem with her room reservation. She was instructed to report immediately to the front desk or provide credit card information over the phone to resolve the matter.

All ALPA pilots are reminded to exercise caution while on layovers and to be wary if contacted by individuals requesting personal information. Remember that persons who engage in such activities are often highly skilled at deception. Be suspicious of unusual events and report them immediately to fellow crewmembers and proper authorities. In addition, please review ALPA Security Alert Bulletin 2013-01 and share its content with fellow flight and cabin crewmembers.

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TSA Adding Additional Aircraft
Trans States Airlines management announced last week that the company would receive seven Embraer 145 aircraft in April as part of a three-year deal with United Airlines. The aircraft, flying as United Express, allows TSA to grow by more than 30 percent in the first half of 2013.

“After four years of downsizing, the increase in our fleet is great news for our pilots, our company, and our future,” said Capt. Cliff Simmons, TSA MEC chairman. “We look forward to working with management to make sure the planes are staffed and in service on time.”

According to the announcement, United also extended the short-term agreement on an additional six EMB-145 aircraft from September 2013 through March 2015. It went on to say United increased TSA’s flying due to “sustained improvement in our completion factor, on-time performance, and customer satisfaction metrics.”

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Did You Know Congress Could Tax Your Health-Care Benefits?
Did you know that some in Congress are suggesting proposals to tax employer-provided health-care benefits? The exclusion from employee income of the value of employer-provided health insurance coverage has been an ongoing topic for legislators looking for new sources of revenue for the federal budget and a way to curb health-care premium increases.

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to let us know what you think. Go to to participate. We want to hear from you.

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

See photos from the recent ALPA Negotiations and Contract Enforcement Training Seminar on page 50 of the January issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 22nd installment of The FlightDeck, find out how many Airbus A321neos Hawaiian Airlines plans to order.

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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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.
• 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 Yahoo! News, union leaders representing 23,000 engineers and technical workers at Boeing said they will decide by January 31 whether to ask members to vote on a strike authorization alongside the latest contract offer. Read more.

AINonline reports that rising sea levels and extreme weather events will increase the flood risk to airports and other transportation infrastructure in coastal regions of the United States, according to the draft report of a government advisory committee. Read more.

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Happy 10th birthday, DHS! The Department of Homeland Security became operational on January 24, 2003.


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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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