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ALPA: Ill-Conceived Cockpit Monitoring Legislation Threatens Safety

World’s largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization blasts attempt by Sen. Jim DeMint to misuse cockpit voice recorder
February 26, 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) stands in adamant opposition to an ill-conceived proposal by Sen. Jim DeMint to use cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder information for discipline, rather than as it was intended, because the proposal poses a serious risk to aviation safety.

“ALPA adamantly opposes this misguided legislation that seeks to use cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder information to punish individual pilots, rather than to promote and support the proactive safety culture that our industry needs to protect our passengers, crews, and cargo,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA’s president. “The DeMint proposal will threaten aviation safety, compromise the accident investigation process, and squander financial resources that could make proven aviation safety programs even more effective. We will use every tool at our disposal to prevent this from becoming law.”


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