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).

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.”

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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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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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 Sec. 415 of the FY 2015 Spending Bill
December 10, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today issued the following statement from ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak on NAI Prohibition Language in the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act “Cromnibus:”

“We commend Congress for including this important language in the omnibus spending bill that reinforces with the Department of Transportation that the will of Congress is to deny NAI’s request for a foreign air carrier permit. Despite NAI’s aggressive opposition to this language and lobbying and spin campaign in DC, the inclusion of section 415 is another clear signal that Congress is committed to ensuring U.S. airlines and their employees do business on a level playing field and the flag-of-convenience business model for aviation isn’t to be imported to the United States.”

Bipartisan Group of House Members Again Urge Secretary Foxx to Deny NAI
November 24, 2014—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l issued the following statement in response to today’s bipartisan appeal, championed by representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to deny Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to fly to and from the United States.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) commends the leadership of the 188 lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, who raised concerns that NAI’s application would create an unlevel playing field for U.S. airlines.”

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 Commends TSA Administrator Pistole’s Commitment to Risk-Based Aviation Security
October 16, 2014 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding the resignation of TSA Administrator John Pistole.

“After four years of a strong working relationship with Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is saddened to learn of his plans to retire. The airline industry in the United States and around the globe has benefitted from his dedicated leadership in advancing a risk-based approach to aviation security.”

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