ALPA

Leadership From the Cockpit

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is the world’s largest pilot union, representing over 59,000 pilots at 35 carriers in the United States and Canada. The generosity of ALPA pilots comes out in full this time of year, and annual charitable drives and events are being planned at many ALPA pilot groups, including at Delta, FedEx, Alaska, and Piedmont.

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November 16-22, 2020, marks the second annual National Drone Safety Awareness Week, and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is excited to welcome aspiring aviators into our nation’s shared airspace. One of the most important things to remember is that we are all responsible for keeping our skies the safest in the world. ALPA is committed to making sure all new entrants into the airspace are held to the same high standard of safety and security.

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Since its beginnings, the U.S. airline industry has been inextricably linked with the U.S. Armed Forces. Many of ALPA’s founders and early members, including Capt. David Behncke, ALPA’s first president, were themselves commissioned military officers, and continued to hold those commissions even while flying the line. And today, many ALPA members continue the tradition of former military pilots transitioning to civilian airlines.

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As the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt across the United States, ALPA pilots remain on the front lines, sounding the alarm and calling on government leaders to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program.

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Special guest commentary by ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete and AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson

Airline workers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as essential workers since the first days the virus was identified in China. Before the global shutdown, we were working to prevent the virus from spreading through our workplaces and communities. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve continued to provide essential service by delivering medical personnel and supplies, carrying the mail, and keeping critical travel moving. But on October 1, thousands of aviation workers will join unemployment lines unless Congress and the White House act to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) before it expires on September 30.

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