ALPA promotes and champions all aspects of aviation safety throughout all segments of the aviation community
With over 51,000 pilots from 30 different airlines, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union—and the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. With that comes great responsibility to advocate for our pilots in the United States and Canada and to promote government policies that strengthen the profession and ensure the safety and security of the world’s air transport system.
Throughout the decades, ALPA has advocated for such important improvements as lighting on runways, weather indicators in the cockpit, collision-avoidance technology, training minimums, security improvements, and even the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign. Today, we continue to work tirelessly on the issues important to our members and to maintain the safety and security of the airline industry.
This section of our website contains information on our current priorities, including press releases and other media such as videos or infographics, congressional testimony, and fact sheets.
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Our Top Priorities
The FAA reauthorization, and Congress, is critical to promoting and advancing the highest safety standards in aviation. ALPA’s top priority is ensuring that FAA operations continue uninterrupted. We support a long-term bill that provides stable funding to enable the Agency to fulfill its safety mission and to implement NextGen and other air traffic system modernization initiatives.
Norwegian Air International's flag-of-convenience model seeks to undercut U.S. airlines by obtaining an air operator certificate (AOC) in a country to which it doesn’t fly. NAI’s business plan would then take advantage of that country’s relaxed employment laws to employ outsourced foreign-domiciled workers at wage and benefit levels substantially lower than if it operated as a Norwegian airline headquartered in Norway.
When the U.S. government provides handouts to state-owned foreign carriers, it is choosing foreign companies over its own airline industry. When the U.S. government opens a customs and immigration preclearance facility in a country where U.S. airline pilots don't fly, it is choosing foreign airlines over its own airline industry.
Rock-bottom starting pay and benefits and little opportunity for career advancement are creating major hurdles for regional airlines in attracting new pilots to the profession. Meanwhile, hundreds of qualified pilots are furloughed and others choose to work abroad or outside the industry. It's clear: It’s no pilot shortage; it’s a pilot PAY shortage.
ALPA views the establishment of improved flight and duty rules as among the most important flight safety undertakings in modern times.
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.