Hundreds of FedEx Pilots Participate in Contract Rally
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—In a strong show of support of their union Negotiating Committee, hundreds of FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), participated in a contract rally on Sunday, March 1, 2015. With a turnout of more than 700 pilots, the group demonstrated their dissatisfaction with FDX management’s approach to bargaining.

JetBlue Pilots Set to Open Contract Negotiations
WASHINGTON—The pilots of JetBlue Airways, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today sent official notice to company management requesting to open contract negotiations under the federal Railway Labor Act. The notice marks the first labor negotiations in the history of JetBlue from any segment of its workforce. Currently, JetBlue pilots are the only unionized workforce at the airline.

Sun Country Pilots Grant Union Authority to Call a Strike
BLOOMINGTON, Minn – Sun Country Airlines pilots have overwhelmingly voted to authorize their union leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) to call a strike if a mutually agreeable contract cannot be reached by the completion of the federally-mediated negotiation process.

ALPA: Ex-Im Reauthorization Is Key Opportunity for Reform
WASHINGTON–In a letter sent to members of Congress today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) called for federal lawmakers to capitalize on the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank as a key opportunity to ensure its financing practices do not harm the U.S. airline industry and its workers.

ALPA to Ex-Im Bank: Turn Down Norwegian’s Financing Request
February 9, 2015 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today called for the U.S. Export-Import Bank to reject Norwegian Air Shuttle’s application for aircraft financing, stating in a filing joined by Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines that the bank has not performed an assessment required by Congress to determine the effect its lending could have on U.S. airlines and their workers.

Jazz Pilots Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify New Collective Agreement
Agreement provides job security, pension protections, and opportunities at Air Canada
February 2, 2015 - The pilots of Jazz Aviation, represented by Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), ratified a new collective agreement by a wide margin, allowing for career progression while protecting pilot quality of life. Nearly 96 percent of eligible pilots participated, with 95 percent voting to ratify the agreement that will have positive effects on the pilot group. Included in the tentative agreement was a provision to allow Jazz pilots to move to Air Canada through a pilot mobility agreement. The agreement is part of a renewed capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Air Canada, Jazz Aviation’s mainline partner, through 2025. As well as providing cost savings, this allows Jazz Aviation to refleet, further enhancing the pilots’ job security.

ALPA Statement on NTSB Safety Recommendations
January 22, 2015 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement from ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll on safety recommendations announced today by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

“ALPA is deeply concerned that the recommendations NTSB released today related to cockpit image recorders are a premature overreaction that do not fully evaluate consequences of the recommended actions. Cockpit image recorders will not improve safety and could, in fact, impede it by diverting limited resources that could be used for more valuable safety enhancements.

“ALPA has long recommended that resources should be focused on enhancing current systems to record more data of a higher quality as opposed to video images, which are subject to misinterpretation and may in fact lead investigators away from accurate conclusions.

“We remain equally concerned as to how such proposed video recordings may be misused. The aviation industry must fully address how to protect recorded information.

“ALPA will continue to work with industry and government to develop systems that make air travel—already the safest mode of transportation—even more safe.”

Act Now: Tell the White House to Support FFDO Funding
January 21, 2015 - With the fiscal year 2016 budget about to be released by the White House, ALPA has launched a new Call to Action for you to tell the White House why it should preserve the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. In the light of recent events in Europe and the Middle East, securing our National Airspace System through fiscally responsible programs like FFDO is simply sound policy. All ALPA members are urged to take action now.
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FAA Announces Changes to Sleep Apnea Policy
January 28, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Air Surgeon (FAS) recently informed ALPA of its intentions to implement new guidance regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

ALPA to Congress: Safety Must Take Priority for Unmanned Aircraft
December 10, 2014 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), told members of the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee in testimony (written/oral) today that safety must be the first priority in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) efforts to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the national airspace.

“ALPA supports the safe use of unmanned aircraft systems,” Capt. Moak told lawmakers. “We recognize the potential benefit to our nation’s economic competitiveness, but we also recognize the potential for a safety risk if we don’t treat them as what they are––airplanes in the airspace.”

ALPA Congratulates Airbus on A350 XWB Certification
November 20, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) certification of the Airbus A350 XWB.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) congratulates Airbus on achieving a major milestone with the certification of the A350 XWB by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency. The new airliner offers safety, operating, and efficiency gains that will benefit airline passengers, flight crews, and the industry for years to come.”

FAA Revises Security NOTAMs for Korean Peninsula
November 13, 2014 - The FAA recently released revised security NOTAMs for the Korean peninsula. In the first, the FAA advises crews to exercise caution flying in and around the Pyongyang (ZKKP) Flight Information Region (FIR) east of 132 degrees east longitude due to North Korea’s history of test launching short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles with no warning. Exercise caution during flight operations since future ballistic missile launches may occur with little or no warning.

ALPA Provides Pilot Input for NASA Study
November 13, 2014 - This week, ALPA safety representatives participated in ongoing NASA research to evaluate Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) & Synthetic Vision Guidance Systems (SVGS) in simulations conducted at the NASA Langley Research Center.

ALPA Welcomes FAA’s Tougher Icing Standards for Airliners
New Rules Mark Progress, but More Safety Action Is Needed for Winter Operations
November 3, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rules to expand types of winter conditions in which airliners must be certified to fly safely.

“As North America heads into the winter season, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) commends the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules to ensure airliners are certified to fly safely in a range of winter weather conditions.”

ALPA Statement on Travel Protocols During Ebola Monitoring
October 16, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement calling for a review of the travel protocols currently in place for individuals who are under Centers for Disease Control monitoring for possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) commends the health-care workers who serve on the front lines in addressing the Ebola virus outbreak. Our thoughts are with them and all who are affected by this terrible disease.”

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