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January 31, 2013

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New ALPA Leaders Leave HQ with Handle on Roles, Resources
The Leadership Training Conference continued in Herndon this week, as 76 representatives from 20 ALPA pilot groups packed the remaining two days of training. Attendees heard a state-of-the-industry update; an unplugged hot topics session with Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, president Capt. Lee Moak; and further new-rep essentials for how to address the multiple day-to-day issues they will face.

Moak delivered a no-holds-barred presentation on the opportunities and threats that confront not only the Association but also the entire piloting profession—from consolidation and differing business models to pooling our resources together to effect true change in our governments’ policies.

He again cited ALPA’s Leveling the Playing Field initiative to address the larger issue of globalization, saying that the Association is building coalitions in the fragmented airline industry’s presence in Washington, D.C., to lead the agenda on the 95 percent of issues airlines, pilots, airports, and manufacturers can agree on.

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ALPA’s Solution to Reducing Aircraft Emissions
News Fit to Print in the New York Times
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak seized the opportunity to articulate the union’s strong opposition to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme in a letter to the editor published today by the New York Times. In the letter, Moak characterized the EU’s scheme as a unilateral attempt to tax U.S. airlines at a time when our airlines are already overtaxed and competing with heavily state-backed foreign carriers.

Published in both print and online editions, Moak’s letter underscored the true solution to reducing aircraft emissions: maximizing voluntary measures and creating international emissions guidelines through the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The New York Times reports it is the #1 individual newspaper site in the United States, with over 25 million unique visitors each month.

Read Capt. Moak’s letter.

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Education Committee Plots 2013 Course
ALPA’s Education Committee met January 30-31 at the Association’s Herndon, Va., office to discuss activities for 2013. Ten ALPA pilot volunteers, led by committee chair Capt. Dave Ryter (EGL), reviewed planned ACE Club functions at the University of North Dakota and the two Embry-Riddle campuses as well as other university outreach efforts. In addition, the group covered recent enhancements to the webpage for students and the committee page for pilots.

The Education Committee wishes to extend a special “thank-you” to F/O Annmarie Savitski (DAL), who is leaving the committee to lead her airline’s student mentoring program. Savitski was instrumental in establishing the committee’s strong presence on numerous campuses.

The ALPA Education Committee works with young people interested in pursuing careers as airline pilots. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out and submit a volunteer form.

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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 the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, federal regulators have tweaked a key aviation standard to improve the flow of cargo jets in and out of FedEx’s world hub at Memphis International Airport. Read more.

Flightglobal reports that aircraft paint suppliers are once again exploring sharkskin coatings. Read more.

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We Want Your Photos
We want to see what you see. Share your pictures from the line, and give us some context (i.e., let us know what we’re looking at).

Air Line Pilot encourages you to submit your high-quality prints from a developer or high-resolution digital images. Your photos could be featured in a future magazine!

Send your photos to Thanks.

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FAA Research Study, Pilots Needed
The FAA is conducting a research study to evaluate the need for additional visual aids for Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS). EMAS beds, similar to the one pictured below, are located at runway ends to prevent overruns and to meet runway safety area requirements.

The study will be conducted at the Airways Facilities Tower Integration Laboratory in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Participating pilots will receive an instructional briefing, observe five scenarios, and complete a short questionnaire for each scenario. One-hour sessions are being scheduled for the week of February 19-22, 2013.

For more information and to sign up, contact Jennifer Klass (SRA International) at (609) 601-6800 Ext. 137 or at

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What Do You Think of the FastRead?
The ALPA FastRead e-mail newsletter is published twice a week to bring you the news of your union and industry. It receives tens of thousands of hits per distribution . . . but what do you think of it? Do you read it and, if so, what could we do to make it better?

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to share your opinions. Go to to participate. We want to hear from you.

BTW, did you know you can read previous copies of the FastRead by accessing the My ALPA/e-Library/Communications links on the members-only portion of the ALPA website?

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Want to know how the U.S. airline industry is faring? Check out the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Visit for the latest on airfares, revenue passenger miles, airline fuel cost and consumption, and other interesting details.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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