|ALPA: Safety and
Security Are at the Top of the Agenda
July 15, 2013 - Capt. Lee Moak, president of
the Air Line Pilots Association, International, kicked off
the organization’s 59th Air Safety Forum today before a
large group of ALPA pilot representatives who dedicate their
time and energy to keeping aviation safe and secure.
Moak used the recent Asiana Flight 214 accident as just one
example of why ALPA is committed to doing its part as a
leader in promoting the highest standards of aviation safety
“With an accident or
incident, it is the aviation safety community’s
responsibility to investigate every possible aspect of the
operation leading up to the accident with the singular goal
of preventing such an accident from happening again,” Moak
said. “Without your volunteer service, ALPA would not stand
in the position it does, and that is: by the side of each
and every member, and head and shoulders above all other
“The reason ALPA is
positioned as it is today is to the work of all the
professionals like you who are here,” Moak said at the
meeting held in Washington, D.C. “We didn’t get here by
chance. It was due to hard work.”
Capt. Sean Cassidy, ALPA’s
first vice president and national safety coordinator, also
addressed the attendees, who included many of the 400
representatives from all the safety and security groups
within ALPA’s Air Safety Organization.
“As members of ALPA’s Air
Safety Organization, you are integral to ALPA’s success.
Your experience and knowledge, combined with the expertise
of the ALPA staff and the relationships that you have formed
with legislators, regulators, airline managements, and other
industry representatives, are the reason ALPA is so
well-respected around the world,” Cassidy said.
Among the items on the agenda this week are discussions
and updates from, and
workshops conducted by, the
air safety technical groups; the
ALPA’s security experts; and the
President’s Committee for Cargo.
The week will also include
two public days that will include panel discussions on
legislative issues, pilot monitoring in today’s modern
flight deck, one level of safety and security for cargo, air
traffic safety between pilots and controllers, risk-based
security, emergency response, threatened airspace
management, and navigating risks on the airport surface.
Keynote speakers include the Honorable Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.),
chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the
Honorable Michael G. Whitaker, Federal Aviation
Administration deputy administrator.
“Our Air Safety Organization
is one of the many things that set our union apart and bring
us together as volunteers who share a determined dedication
to making certain the safety, security, and pilot assistance
standards of the U.S. and Canadian airline industry are
second to none,” Moak concluded.
The public days will be
webcast live. Go to
safetyforum.alpa.org to view the webcast on Wednesday
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