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 and security.

“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 pilot unions.

“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 Training, Safety, Security, and Jumpseat councils; 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 morning. Also, follow us on Twitter at #alpaasf13.