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‘Tis the season for wintry weather! With the cold and snow settled in parts of the U.S. and Canada, it’s fitting that a majority of submissions in this year’s annual photography issue capture the extreme challenges, as well as the stunning beauty, of the coldest months. We hope you’ll find a warm spot to enjoy these spectacular AvGeek photography submissions from ALPA members.



The P-51 Mustang: it aided the Allied Forces of World War II and was deemed “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence” by the Truman Senate War Investigating Committee in 1944. It’s a legendary aircraft and an icon of American aviation history. Just ask United Captain Larry Lumpkin, who helps keep this celebrated warbird’s legacy alive, 70 years later, by flying Gunfighter for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).



In the tech community, the term “crowdsourcing” refers to using resources generated from a wide range of individuals via the Internet. The crowdsourcing trend emerged around 2005 and since then, one of the most successful examples to date has been the traffic app Waze. By allowing users to report local traffic conditions and current road closures, Waze is able to use that real-time community feedback in order to provide better directions. 

While this term maybe fairly recent, the concept of using member feedback in order to modify routes has been around for decades in the pilot community. “Pilot Reports,” better known as PIREPS, are weather reports issued directly by pilots based on their first-hand experience with current weather conditions while in flight. 

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ALPA’s Economic & Financial Analysis Department recently released information detailing the State of the North American Passenger Airline Industry. Read the full report to find out where the industry is now and where it may be headed over the next few years.

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Coordination and attention to detail play a crucial role for Capt. Erik Suter (Air Wisconsin) when he’s miles high in the sky as a CRJ200 pilot. However, these same skills are equally important when he’s firmly planted on the ground, seated on an organ bench performing to a captivated audience in a prestigious concert hall. Suter is an acclaimed organist who spends his off-duty time performing fugues and other classical compositions in beautiful cathedrals and concert halls around the world. 




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