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Leadership From the Cockpit

In a year that started strong for our industry, the drastic shift in demand in early 2020 led to changes in how we all operate, including your union’s communications.

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On December 17, ALPA will close its office at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. Centrally located near industry trade organizations and other labor unions, the glass-and-marble, eight-story building is where ALPA established its reputation as the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world.

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A World War II fighter ace, Air Force general, and—according to author Tom Wolfe—“the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff” died on Monday, December 7, at the age of 97. Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager’s exploits inspired generations of pilots, having flown more than 300 types of aircraft in every country in the world and logging about 18,000 hours.

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The world has faced a challenging year, but individuals and communities—including ALPA pilots—are exploring inventive new ways to come together to give back. Many pilot-run nonprofits organize annual charitable drives for the holidays, and this year is no exception.

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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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