Captain Tim Canoll, President
Captain Tim Canoll (Delta) is the tenth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 54,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. He was elected by the union's Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.
As ALPA's chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Canoll oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA's governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots' views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.
As ALPA’s president, Captain Canoll is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council as well as the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. He serves on the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, which is made up of industry decision makers and is tasked with advising the agency on key decisions regarding the improvement and modernizing of the nation’s aviation infrastructure, and the Drone Advisory Committee, which collaborates with aviation and technology stakeholders to advise on the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace.
Captain Canoll previously served as ALPA's executive administrator. His preceding ALPA offices include Delta Local Executive Council representative, Master Executive Council (MEC) Strike Committee member, MEC Security coordinator, MEC Strategic Planning chairman, MEC Negotiating Committee member, MEC vice chairman, and MEC executive administrator. In addition, the tenth ALPA president served as ALPA's representative to the Unsecured Creditors Committee during Delta Air Lines' 2005 bankruptcy.
Captain Canoll is a Delta MD-88 captain based in Atlanta, having also flown the B-727, L1011, and the B-767/757. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1982, and a former Navy Reserve F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadron commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a captain in 2008.