imagePilot Health & Medical Certification—Aviation Safety Starts Here
April 1, 2014 - Yesterday, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) brought together aeromedical leadership from the United States and Canada to discuss the current state of pilot health and medical certification issues that have critical implications for commercial aviation. Supporting the conference was the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

The symposium, “Pilot Health and Medical Certification—Aviation Safety Starts Here,” was the first ever ALPA-sponsored aviation medical symposium that specifically discussed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada policy issues and potential changes to aeromedical guidelines and criteria used to medically certify pilots. It featured a direct dialog and debate with the new FAA federal air surgeon and Transport Canada’s chief medical officer.

ALPA: TSB First Air 6560 Investigation Report Identifies Several Deficiencies
March 25, 2014 - Today’s release of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) final report into the First Air 6560 accident underscores many longstanding safety concerns of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), including terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) requirements, pilot training, and accurate weather reporting.

“Our sympathies go out to all those affected by this tragic accident,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s President. “It is incumbent on all of us to take these lessons learned and implement change to help prevent a similar accident in the future.”
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Aviation Security, Jumpseat Reps Hold Annual Meeting
March 20, 2014 - ALPA’s Aviation Security structure, comprised of the Aviation Security Group, Security Council, and Jumpseat Council, met this week to hear presentations from senior-level government security and airline representatives about ongoing criminal and terrorist threats and the measures being taken to safeguard airline operations. ALPA’s president Capt. Lee Moak and first vice president and national safety coordinator Capt. Sean Cassidy welcomed the 35 attending pilot representatives from 16 airlines. The national officers shared their perspectives on industrial and security issues and the state of the Association.

Safety Rep Named to National Bird Strike Group
March 20, 2014 - First Officer Steve Jangelis (DAL), chairman of the ALPA ASO’s Airport and Ground Environment Group, has been elected to serve on the steering committee of the Bird Strike Committee-USA (BCA-USA) as a voting member. In this position, he will provide ALPA’s perspective on ways to mitigate bird and wildlife hazards to aviation.

ALPA Concurs with 14-Year Prison Sentence for Laser Attack on Aircraft
March 10, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement after a U.S. District Court sentenced Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, Calif. to 14 years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno police helicopter during flight. The helicopter “Air 1” was investigating the apartment complex where Rodriguez and his accomplice, Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, 23, resided following the report of laser strikes on an emergency transport helicopter for Children’s Hospital of Central California. Rodriguez and Coleman were both convicted by a federal jury after a three–day trial in Fresno in December 2013.

“ALPA applauds the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The Eastern District of California U.S. District Court, and the Clovis and Fresno Police Departments for their vigilance in the investigation and conviction of this case. ALPA has collaborated with the FBI and local law enforcement to launch a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about the severity of illegal laser attacks on aircraft.”

FAA Evaluating New Standardized Approach Hold Guidance Signs
February 27, 2014 - The FAA has requested ALPA's assistance in soliciting pilots who are willing to participate in operational research evaluations of newly developed, standardized, approach hold guidance signs. The evaluations are being conducted in the agency's A320 flight simulator located at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The evaluation period ends March 28, 2014.

The FAA's evaluation program is comprised of operating the aircraft in day, night, and reduced-visibility conditions. The signs evaluated in the simulation laboratory will be on the Chicago O'Hare airport located on Taxiway Tango and Runway 09L-27R. Read more about standardized approach hold guidance signs.

Latest FAA Interpretations of Part 117
February 25, 2014 - The FAA has just issued another Part 117 legal interpretation dealing with diversions (de Cubas Interpretation). When a need for a diversion arises after takeoff, that diversion does not count as an additional flight segment and there is no change to the number of flight segments used to determine the applicable FDP limit using Table B or C to Part 117. However, a planned fuel stop that is known prior to takeoff would not be treated as a diversion and would count as an additional flight segment and require a new FDP calculation.

Advanced Accident Investigation Course (AI-3)
May 20-22, 2014
University of North Dakota UND
Grand Forks, ND

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. There are no prerequisites for non-ALPA attendees. Register online.

Basic Safety School (BSS)
June 10-12, 2014
Herndon, VA

Basic Safety School (BSS) consists of two individual modules in the safety-training curriculum: Safety One (SA-1) and Accident/Incident Investigation One (AI-1). Please note that the course is designed to assist new air safety representatives including: Central Air Safety Chairmen (CASC), Local Air Safety Chairmen (LASC), and Accident/Incident Investigators in identifying and carrying out their responsibilities to their own Master Executive Council. Prerequisites: ALPA Members must have approval from their MEC Central Air Safety Chairman and/or MEC Chairman prior to registration. Non-ALPA attendees require prior approval of the National Safety Coordinator (NSC). Register online.

Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) Training Course [with BSS]
June 10-12, 2014
Herndon, VA

The Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) training course is part of a three-day curriculum that includes Basic Safety School (BSS). It provides pilot volunteers with a basic understanding of the ASL’s role and assists new ASLs in identifying and carrying out their responsibilities at their assigned airports. Prerequisites: ALPA Members must have prior approval from the AGE Group Chairman to become an ASL for a specific airport and completed the Air Safety Organization (ASO) approval process. Additional Prerequisites: Member must have completed the ALPA BSS and received approval of a candidate’s MEC Central Air Safety Chairman (CASC) and/or MEC Chairman. Pilots who have previously completed BSS are only required to attend the one-day ASL training session. The ASL course is not open to non-ALPA members. Register online.

Security Training Course (STC)
June 10-11, 2014
Herndon, VA

The Security Training Course (STC) is a two-day curriculum that provides pilot volunteers with an introduction to ALPA policies, protocols, and guidance on how to serve as an MEC security representative. It is administered by ALPA’s Air Safety Organization (ASO) and runs concurrent with ALPA’s Basic Safety School (BSS). The first day’s curriculum brings together students from the security and safety disciplines for training that is designed to help them understand how to best function within the ALPA environment. On the second day, STC students break out for specific training in handling security issues at the MEC level. Prerequisites: ALPA Members must have MEC approval (i.e., Security Chair/Coordinator, or Central Air Safety Chairman and/or MEC Chairman) prior to registration. The course is not open to non-ALPA members. Register online.