Pilots Hail ICAO Panel Action to Create New Packaging Standards for Lithium Battery Shipments on Aircraft
May 1, 2015 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today lauded the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for committing to develop new packaging standards for lithium battery shipments on aircraft that would protect the aircraft and all on board from the effects of a lithium battery fire.
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Statement on Bipartisan Letter Sent by 262 Members of Congress Expressing Concern over Middle East Airline Subsidies
April 30, 2015–Captain Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) today released the following statement applauding the 262 members of Congress who sent a letter urging the U.S. government to open consultations with the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. A recent investigation revealed these governments have been providing massive subsidies to their state-owned airlines.
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House Subcommittee Affirms Strong Bipartisan Opposition to NAI Business Model
April 29, 2015–The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement in response to action by the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from issuing a foreign air carrier permit if it conflicts with the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement. The language was contained in a draft released yesterday of the FY2016 funding bill for the DOT.
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Recent News Media Reports on Gulf Subsidies
The Chicago Tribune reported April 21 that the CEOs of United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines released a “massive cache” of documents alleging to show that Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Emirates have received $42 billion “in quantifiable subsidies and other unfair benefits from their respective governments since 2004.” Read the article.

On April 24, the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press writes that domestic routes will be at risk as well if the U.S. government does not step in to address the subsidies and remove the unfair advantage they provide: “... places like Marquette or Alpena or Lansing — small communities whose air service operates on the thinnest of margins — would likely be hit hardest.”

ALPA Urges FAA to Enhance Proposed Rules for Safe UAS Operations
April 27, 2015 - In comments submitted today to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) outlined several key areas of recent proposed rules for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that should be enhanced to maintain the safety of the national airspace system (NAS).
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Sun Country Airlines Pilots Conduct Informational Picket at MSP Airport
April 24, 2015–Sun Country Airlines Pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association Int'l (ALPA), conducted informational picketing Friday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, saying the company’s current pay proposal would keep SCA pilot wages near the bottom of the industry for another five years.
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Statement on the Release of Gulf Carriers’ Financial Records
April 21, 2015–Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding today’s release by the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies of a compilation of financial records from Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways.
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A Deal is a Deal
April 15, 2015–The following op-ed by Capt. Canoll regarding state-owned enterprises was published by CQ Roll Call:
"In recent weeks, it has become abundantly clear that Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are in breach of their air service agreements with the U.S. and that the Obama administration must act swiftly to restore balance. These countries have unfairly subsidized three of their airlines—Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways—and have thus posed a direct threat to the economic security of our U.S. aviation industry and the 11 million jobs that it supports."

Read Capt. Canoll's full article


Pilots Hail ICAO Panel Action to Create New Packaging Standards for Lithium Battery Shipments on Aircraft
May 1, 2015 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today lauded the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for committing to develop new packaging standards for lithium battery shipments on aircraft that would protect the aircraft and all on board from the effects of a lithium battery fire.
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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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