National Aviation Day Reminds Us How Far the Airline Industry Has Come

On August 19, ALPA celebrated National Aviation Day, recognizing the gigantic strides that have allowed the airline industry to grow from the single-passenger 1914 Benoit Type XIV flying boat to an average of more than 90,000 airline flights a day globally. For more than 84 years, ALPA and its members have worked with industry stakeholders to help spearhead safety and security advancements that have made airline travel the safest mode of transportation. Below are just a few of the many safety and security accomplishments to which ALPA has significantly contributed.

This article is from the September 2015 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine, the Official Journal of the Air Line Pilots Association, International—a monthly publication for all ALPA members.