Statement by Captain Jay Heppner, Chairman, United Master Executive Council
March 26, 2015—“The tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525 has touched all of us in the aviation industry. Any aviation event that involves the loss of lives has particular impact on those of us who have dedicated our careers to the safe transport of our passengers; people who place their trust in us each time they board our airplanes.
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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.
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Envoy Air Pilots Vote to Ratify New Agreement
December 23, 2014 - The pilots of Envoy Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today ratified a tentative agreement reached with their management earlier this month on a contract that will help preserve the future of the airline and its employees. With more than 91 percent of eligible pilots casting ballots, 75 percent of Envoy pilots voted to ratify the agreement.
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FedEx Pilots Spread Holiday Cheer to Special Needs Children and Families
December 15, 2014 - In the spirit of giving this holiday season, FedEx pilots will once again deliver food baskets and gifts to Hope House, a Memphis day-care center devoted to children who have been affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. The pilots will make their visit to Hope House on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. FedEx pilots will also make a visit to the FedEx Family House with a donation and gifts at 1:30 p.m. FedEx Family House is a home away from home for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
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United MEC Elects Two New Officers
December 10, 2014 - The United MEC today elected Guam-based Captain Bruce Bishop as Secretary and Washington-based First Officer Rick Cameron as Treasurer during a special meeting. Captain Bishop’s term begins immediately, while First Officer Cameron will take office on January 2, 2015.
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imageDelta Pilots Union Elects Leadership
December 10, 2014 - Today, the nine Local Executive Councils (LECs) of the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, met in Atlanta to elect new leadership in a regularly scheduled election. The Delta MEC is the governing body of the airline’s 12,000 pilots.
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Endeavor Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement with Company to Boost Pilot Retention, Address Economic Concerns
November 24, 2014 - The pilots of Endeavor Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced a tentative agreement with Endeavor management that addresses the pilots’ immediate economic concerns and also represents an attempt to stem pilot attrition in order to help secure a more promising future for the airline.
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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).
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”

Ebola Fact Sheet
More Information for ALPA Members
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Accident Investigation Course (AI-2)
April 20-23, 2015 | Herndon, VA

The AI-2 course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Participants should be prepared to attend the four-day training in its entirety. The course will run until approximately 11:00 a.m. on the final day. Prerequisites: Completion of the ALPA Basic Safety School (BSS/AI-1) is a prerequisite for ALPA Safety Representatives attending this course. ALPA Safety Representatives also require the endorsement of their respective CASC or CAI. There are no prerequisites for non-ALPA attendees.
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Transportation Security Conference
Protecting Transportation through Intelligence Collaboration
April 30, 2015
Washington Hilton | Washington, D.C.


The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) will host a Transportation Security Conference April 30, 2015 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. National intelligence is at the forefront of preempting threats that can impact the security of transportation in the homeland. This conference will provide an overview of the intelligence community’s mandate and capabilities, and describe how the four major modes of mass transportation respond to threat information. Visit transportationsecurityconference.alpa.org for additional information and to register.

Risk Management Course (RMC)
May 18-20, 2015
ALPA Conference Center | Herndon, VA

RMC Course Dates: May 18-20 2015. RMC check-in begins Monday (5/18) at 8:45 a.m. The first day’s instruction will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday (5/19), instruction will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday (5/20), class will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. Participants should be prepared to attend the two and one-half day training in its entirety. Attendees shall have successfully completed Basic Safety School (BSS) and demonstrated an eagerness and ability to serve as an air safety representative. Ideal candidates are pro-active and adept at critical thinking and understanding the need for consensus-building in reaching defined safety goals. Approval of the respective Central Air Safety Chairman is required for attendance.
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ALPA Safety Two School (STS)
May 20-21, 2015
ALPA Conference Center | Herndon, VA

STS Course Dates: May 20-21, 2015. STS check-in begins on Wednesday (5/20) at 12:45 p.m. The first day’s instruction will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday (5/21), class will resume at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Participants should be prepared to attend the one and a half-day STS in its entirety. Attendees shall have successfully completed Basic Safety School (BSS).Prior completion of the ALPA Risk Management Course is preferred but not required. Approval of the respective Central Air Safety Chairman is required for attendance.
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3rd Annual
Government Affairs Legislative Summit
June 2-3, 2015
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

The summit will provide ALPA pilots an opportunity to enhance their advocacy and PAC leadership skills through hands-on training. Participants will gain the tools needed to become effective advocates and to grow participation in ALPA’s PAC and grassroots programs within their pilot group. This is an excellent opportunity and will enhance your legislative/political abilities, no matter your experience level.
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Advanced Accident Investigation Course (AI-3)
June 9-11, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn | Grand Forks, ND


Course date: June 9-11, 2015. The course will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Participants should be prepared to attend the three-day training in its entirety. The course will run until approximately 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, but students are encouraged to participate in an altitude chamber flight or an ATC facility tour/demo Thursday afternoon (if scheduling permits), hosted by UND. Prerequisites: Completion of the ALPA Basic Safety School (BSS/AI-1) and Accident Investigation Course (AI-2) is a prerequisite for ALPA Safety Representatives attending this course. ALPA Safety Representatives also require the endorsement of their respective CASC or CAI. There are no prerequisites for non-ALPA attendees.
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Save Our Skies
April Air Line Pilot Magazine