imageALPA to CAPA Summit: Pilots are Ultimate Investors in Building Strong and Competitive Airlines
Capt. Moak First Labor CEO to Participate in Summit Program
November 21, 2014 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), underscored today in panel remarks before the Centre for Aviation—CAPA 2014 World Aviation Summit that airline pilots have a role as the ultimate investors in their companies and that they share a common commitment with management to building economically strong and competitive airlines.

imageALPA Pilots Host Fly-in to #denyNAI
More than 100 aviation workers, including pilots from 14 ALPA member airlines, hit Capitol Hill Wednesday as part of ALPA’s Day of Action, urging members of Congress to continue sending the U.S. Department of Transportation a loud and clear message to deny NAI’s foreign air carrier permit application. The group met directly with numerous Members of Congress and visited all 535 House and Senate offices to stress the urgency to safeguard the U.S. aviation industry against NAI’s flag-of-convenience business model.
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imageALPA Pilots Touch Down in D.C. for “Deny NAI” Day of Action
Airline Workers Underscore Sweeping Opposition to Flag-of-Convenience Business Model; Ask Congressional Leaders to Press DOT to Deny Permit Request
November 19, 2014 - Scores of Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) pilots converged on Capitol Hill today to rivet attention on the overwhelming opposition across the airline industry and in Congress to Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit application.

“U.S. and legitimate EU airlines play by the rules in the global marketplace—that’s fair competition,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president. “Conversely, NAI’s model to skirt employment and tax laws is a direct attack on the fair market. The airline pilots streaming across Capitol Hill today are making clear their strong objection to this business model.”

imageALPA to Congress: Ensure Long-term, Sustained Funding for NextGen
Calls to Eliminate Gov’t Policies that Harm U.S. Airlines’ Ability to Compete Globally
November 18, 2014 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today challenged Congress to advance long-term, sustained funding for modernizing the national airspace and to end government policies that put U.S. airlines at a competitive disadvantage internationally. The call came in testimony (written submission | oral testimony) before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“When it comes to issues of modernizing the airspace in the United States, I’m happy to report that it’s on the verge of becoming a success story,” said Capt. Moak at the hearing titled FAA Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating in the Nation’s Airspace. “We’ve made considerable progress, during turbulent times, in spite of dealing with issues like sequestration and operating under 23 short-term extensions.”

ALPA Asks Senate to Uphold Laws to #denyNAI
November 13, 2014 - ALPA wrote to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, asking them to support House-passed legislation that requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to follow the law and the provisions of the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement when considering Norwegian Air International’s request for a foreign air carrier permit. The letter explained, “The full enforcement and application of these laws and provisions help guarantee fair and open competition for U.S. and European airlines.”

imageIFALPA Committees Convene at ALPA Offices
November 13, 2014 - Several standing committees of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) are meeting at ALPA’s Herndon, Va., offices this week to discuss policy matters and share information. Yesterday, the Federation’s Industrial Committee received a briefing from ALPA Sr. Attorney Russ Bailey, who reviewed the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) increasing interest in market liberalization and other economic issues—new concerns for an agency traditionally focused on safety, security, and environment. A group of ICAO member states are urging the agency to draft a model air services agreement that would scrap current airline ownership and control policies and replace them with principal-place-of-business language. “These are real consequential issues for pilots,” said Bailey, who is working with IFALPA to combat these efforts.

imageFDX Pilots Continue Info Picketing
November 13, 2014 - As FedEx Express pilots continue their campaign to obtain a contract, more than 200 gathered for informational picketing on Wednesday in Denver, Indianapolis, and New York City. In addition, fellow ALPA pilots from ASA, Delta, Envoy, ExpressJet, Endeavor, Air Wisconsin, PSA, and United participated. The FedEx pilots and management reached a contract agreement in 2011, which was accompanied by a unique commitment to engage in interim discussions prior to the resumption of formal bargaining in January 2013. This commitment was intended to foster a more efficient process and create a timely conclusion to negotiations when formal negotiations commenced. The carrier has continued to falter to meet that objective.

imageVeterans, We Salute You!
November 11, 2014 - Solemn ceremonies across North America mark Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada—the anniversary of the official end of World War I in 1918. Pause on this day, and honor and remember our military veterans. Let us also carry in our hearts a special place for those who have served our two nations in war and peace to preserve the liberties we hold so dear. To our veterans—today, and every day, we salute you.

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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ALPA Statement on Ebola Outbreak Air Travel Procedures and Screening
October 9, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding travel procedures and passenger screening related to the Ebola virus outbreak.

“On behalf of our members and our passengers, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) remains fully engaged with all appropriate government agencies, including the Center for Disease Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the safety of air transportation in the context of the Ebola outbreak.”

ALPA in NTSB Forum on Flight Data, Locator Technology
October 7, 2014 - Capt. Chuck Hogeman (UAL), ALPA’s Aviation Safety chair, provided line pilot input at the NTSB’s Emerging Flight Data & Locator Forum held today in Washington, D.C. Participating on one of four forum panels, Hogeman presented the Association’s views on potential technical solutions that would help locate wreckage, retrieve data recorders, and recover data after an airline accident.

Positioning the U.S. Airline Industry for Success
December 9, 2014
Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Speakers and attendees will address strategic approaches to challenges facing the U.S. airline industry moving forward. Senior decision makers from government and respected industry stakeholders will discuss policy, economic, political and organizational considerations covering a variety of aspects of the industry including FAA funding, emerging global competition and new airline business models, and the changing character of the National Airspace System. To register or see agenda information visit