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.

imageDelta Pilots Union Elects Leadership
December 10, 2014 - Today, the nine Local Executive Councils (LECs) of the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, met in Atlanta to elect new leadership in a regularly scheduled election. The Delta MEC is the governing body of the airline’s 12,000 pilots.

Endeavor Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement with Company to Boost Pilot Retention, Address Economic Concerns
November 24, 2014 - The pilots of Endeavor Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced a tentative agreement with Endeavor management that addresses the pilots’ immediate economic concerns and also represents an attempt to stem pilot attrition in order to help secure a more promising future for the airline.

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.

imageFedEx Pilots Continue Their Stand With Rallies at International Bases
September 30, 2014 - On Sunday, FedEx pilots and their families in Cologne and Hong Kong came together in support of their Negotiating Committee. Just a few days after successful informational picketing events in Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Memphis, Sunday’s rallies provided an opportunity for internationally based pilots to add their voices to the growing frustration with contract negotiations. MEC officers, representatives, and committee members were on hand to answer questions regarding current issues.

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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More Information for ALPA Members

Safety & Training Council Meetings
March 3-5, 2015
ALPA Conference Center | Herndon, VA

The next meetings of the Safety Council and the Training Council will be held at the ALPA Conference Center in Herndon, VA. The two groups will meet on the 3rd starting at 1pm and adjourn mid-day on the 5th. A portion of these meetings are planned to be in a joint session. Meeting agendas and minutes from past meetings will follow. The Central Air Safety Chairman from each ALPA MEC is invited to attend the Safety Council meeting and the Training Committee Chairman or person responsible for pilot training at your MEC is invited to attend the Training Council meeting. Click to Register

Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) Training Course [with BSS]
February 17-19, 2015
Seattle, WA

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: Members must have completed the ALPA BSS and received approval of a candidate's MEC Central Air Safety Chair (CASC) and/or MEC Chair. 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

Basic Safety School (BSS)
February 17-19, 2015
Seattle, WA

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 Chairs (CASC), Local Air Safety Chairs (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 Chair and/or MEC Chair prior to registration. Non-ALPA attendees require prior approval of the National Safety Coordinator (NSC). Register online

Security Training Course (STC)
February 17-18, 2015
Seattle, WA

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 Chair and/or MEC Chair) prior to registration. The course is not open to non-ALPA members. Register online

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