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For airline pilots, February 12 serves as a constant reminder of the importance of aviation safety. Although it’s been nine years since the Colgan Air Flight 3407 tragedy, the gravity of the crash has not diminished—our collective grieving continues and our passion for the safety of our skies has only grown.

Flight 3407 had a profound impact on our industry and, in its aftermath, positive changes in aviation safety emerged. ALPA was an early leader in calling for the strengthening of pilot training and qualification requirements. Through collective efforts with other aviation safety advocates, Congress enacted the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. 

Categories: Advocacy, Safety


This week at Asia’s largest air show, the Singapore Airshow, drones continued to dominate the news coverage. With zero commercial aircraft orders announced, there was much discussion on how to effectively ensure that as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) continue to rise in popularity, they do not adversely threaten safety. 

Categories: Advocacy, Safety


Special Guest Commentary by Capt. Paul Ryder

As the cold weather ensnares much of the country, some passengers may find themselves experiencing a flight delay—at times even in a city without snow—but why? As professional airline pilots who are Trained for Life, we take many things into consideration when preparing the aircraft for a safe, on-time departure. However, factors out of our control may force a delay, particularly in the winter months.

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The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show was held this week in Las Vegas and with it, the newest technological sensations are debuted to the public. No doubt a major highlight is the convention’s drone marketplace—where exhibitors demonstrate the latest in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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A recent report showed that 2017 was the safest year on record for global commercial air travel, with not a single passenger fatality. But what may have been lost in the media coverage of that report is the fact that there hasn’t been a fatal passenger airline accident on a U.S. air carrier in the United States since 2009, and shortly thereafter tougher training, experience, and qualification requirements for airline pilots were enacted into law with ALPA's strong support. 

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