Creating One Level of Safety
Since the mid 1980s, ALPA has been striving to achieve the goal of "One Level of Safety" for the traveling public and our pilot members. This means that government regulators should require the same high safety standards on all commercial flights—regardless of the size of the aircraft, the number of passengers, or the cargo load. In 1995, the FAA agreed with ALPA’s arguments and, with minor exceptions, required all 10+ passenger commercial aircraft to meet the Part 121 requirements. The agency even adopted ALPA’s campaign slogan.
ALPA’s tremendously successful efforts did not eliminate each and every difference in safety standards for all types of commercial air service, however. The Association’s specific concerns include the differences in the application of some regulations between passenger and cargo operations. While the disparities are not as great as those between Part 121, Part 135, or the various Canadian Aviation Regulations, ALPA sees no logical justification for these distinctions. The bottom line: Cargo aircraft share airspace with passenger airliners, and cargo pilots deserve the same safety protections as their counterparts at passenger airlines.