ALPA promotes and protects all aspects of aviation safety, security, and the future of the profession in federal public policy and continues to call for decision makers to put safety first for airline passengers, cabin crews, and air cargo shippers.

Our Top Priorities

  • Cargo Safety and Security

    Many of the safety and security layers working to protect our passenger airline industry are absent from all-cargo operations. Cargo airlines fly the same aircraft, take off from the same airports, utilize the same airspace, and fly over the same cities as passenger aircraft. From a safety and security standpoint, there is every reason to hold cargo operations to the same standards as passenger operations.

  • COVID-19 Protections for Aviation Workers Call to Action

    Pilots are essential employees performing critical work as the pandemic continues to take a massive toll on the aviation industry. While some legislative progress has been made to protect the health of airline employees and travelers and preserve jobs in the short term, the road to recovery is long, and much more needs to be done.

  • Flag of Convenience Schemes

    A flag-of-convenience airline is a carrier that is established in a country other than the home country of its majority owner(s) in order to avoid regulations of the home country. Flags of convenience are often used to decrease labor costs and undercut established markets.

  • Pilot Supply and the Future of the Profession

    Attracting the best and brightest to join the ranks of today’s professional airline pilots continues to be a priority ALPA initiative. Based on all indications, now is an outstanding time to choose the airline pilot profession. As of today, there is no pilot shortage in North America.

  • Safe Shipment of Hazardous Materials

    ALPA has long advocated for improved transport requirements for dangerous goods. Lithium batteries and other hazardous materials can pose a significant threat to aircraft if not properly packaged and handled. This problem is further complicated by shippers who do not declare hazardous materials in their packages.

  • Secondary Barriers

    The downing of four commercial airplanes and loss of nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001, was due, in part, to inadequate protection of the aircraft flight deck. Today, while we have mandated hardened cockpit doors on commercial passenger aircraft, the cockpit remains vulnerable when those doors must be open due to standard operation of an aircraft. A low-cost, permanently installed secondary barrier would solve this problem and help ensure the integrity of our security system.

  • Single-Pilot OperationsCall to Action

    Commercial aviation is the world’s safest mode of transportation, and history shows that at least two fully qualified, highly trained, and well-rested pilots on the flight deck is an airliner’s strongest safety asset. Yet some special-interest groups continue to push for reducing the flight crew on board large aircraft—possibly down to even a single pilot—to cut operational costs.

  • State-Owned Enterprises

    According to the U.S. Trade Representative, “State-owned enterprises are increasingly competing with U.S. businesses and workers . . . in some cases distorting global markets . . . and undercutting U.S. workers with subsidies.” This is especially true in the case of Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Emirates Airline, who have collectively received more than $50 billion from their governments since 2004 and are using that money to steal U.S. jobs.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)—both sometimes referred to as “drones”—are flown without a pilot on board the aircraft. UAS/RPA will eventually be integrated into the national airspace where they will interact with existing aircraft in the system. This process must be done safely, and these new aircraft must be held to the same standards that exist for all other operators.

  • State of Our Skies: Canada

    Canadian airlines, like those in the rest of North America, are facing turbulence in the global marketplace. The North American airline industry and its employees operate in a hypercompetitive international arena with foreign airlines that are often state-owned or heavily state-sponsored.

Also on Our Radar

  • We Keep America Flying

    A strong and sustainable airline industry plays an essential role in the United States as an economic driver with an expansive reach that is felt across the country and around the globe. It is the mission of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) to ensure that each and every one of these flights is safe and that the U.S. aviation industry remains a leader in global transportation.

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Keeping America Flying
State of Our Skies: Canada
  • State of Our Skies: Canada

    Canadian airlines, like those in the rest of North America, are facing turbulence in the global marketplace. As the voice of airline pilots in Canada, ALPA is duty-bound to advocate on behalf of our industry and aggressively push stakeholders to adapt in order to thrive. Read ALPA’s sound policy solutions that would create a better business environment and improve the state of Canadian skies.

ALPA continues to echo the call for decision-makers to put safety first and to balance the desire for rushed progress and profitability with safeguarding airline passengers, cabin crews, and air cargo shippers.