Promote. Defend. Advance.
This year’s Air Safety Forum promises to be one that promotes, defends, and advances the airline piloting profession. Our agenda includes heavy-hitting keynote speakers, including NTSB Chairman Chris Hart and NAV CANADA President and CEO Neil Wilson, and panel discussions ranging from safer runways and airports to social media threats on the transportation system to unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system. ALPA’s annual keystone event always engages industry stakeholders on the tough issues while highlighting the honorable work of individual ALPA members. The collaborative discussions and exchange of information that take place help advance ALPA’s strategic objective of attaining the safest and most secure air transportation system for passengers, pilots, and cargo.In Capt. Hogeman’s “Pilot Commentary”, you’ll read about some of the challenges airline pilots face daily and how ALPA’s Air Safety Organization (ASO) plays a key role in advancing our core principles in safety, security, and pilot assistance. And, most importantly, how nothing is possible without ALPA’s pilot representatives who make up the ASO and the staff members who stand ready to support them.
Several ALPA members will be in the spotlight during this year’s forum, representing the line pilot perspective on panel discussions with other industry stakeholders. As you know, these ongoing discussions are critical to making progress because only by working together will we find a common solution to the challenges our industry faces. Collaboration is a tool for success. And when our members are the go-to subject-matter experts on dangerous goods, aviation security, Safety Management Systems, and health issues—to name just a few—our collaboration is sought after, and we have the ability to positively impact the piloting profession. Couple that with ALPA’s advocacy strength on both Capitol and Parliament Hills, and ALPA always emerges as a leader of our industry.
The Air Safety Forum is also a time to honor several of our members for their commitment, effort, and dedication to promote, defend, and advance ALPA’s motto, “Schedule with Safety.” In 1931, this Association was built on the shoulders of courageous line pilots who vowed to not sit idly by while their profession was in turmoil. It is inspiring to see that spirit live on 85 years later.