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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Delta Air Lines Pilots' Union Pens Joint Protocol Letter with AeroMexico Pilots
January 19, 2015 - The Delta and AeroMexico pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores (ASPA), entered into a joint protocol. The pilot unions recognize that the airline industry in general, and our airlines in particular, are faced with a dynamic airline environment.

Immediate Action Needed to Deny NAI: Join ALPA’s Call to Action #5!
January 13, 2015 - With a new Congress in session, it is more imperative than ever to reiterate our call to DenyNAI. A decision could be reached any day so it is important DOT and the White House continue to hear objections from Capitol Hill. The time to weigh in is now; your job depends on it. Even if you have acted in the past by sending C2A letters to DenyNAI, please weigh in again.
Read the letter Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA president, sent to the House and Senate
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ALPA Statement on Reported Loss of AirAsia Flight QZ8501
December 29, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding news reports of the loss of AirAsia Flight QZ8501:

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is saddened by reports of the loss of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Our thoughts are with the families of the crew, passengers, and all those affected by the event. As information about the situation continues to develop, we urge caution as to speculating on the details of the reported accident or events surrounding it. ALPA stands ready, through the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations, to assist the international aviation community in every way possible with the shared goal of advancing a safer air transportation system around the globe.”

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.

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.

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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