ALPA

Leadership From the Cockpit

Pilots are keeping pressure on members of Congress during this frenetic legislative period to ensure ALPA’s pilot-partisan agenda stays top of mind. The Association has several key agenda items in front of Congress to protect ALPA members from a variety of threats, including foreign business practices that threaten fair competition and security issues related to flightdeck doors on both passenger and cargo aircraft.

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The past year has bore witness to a disturbing trend—the rise of the unruly passenger. While the causes are varied, the threat is clear and must be addressed.

Since its founding in 1931, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has been relentless in advancing aviation safety and security, but the events of 9/11 demonstrated the immediate need to shore up safety and security holes in our industry. Over the past two decades, this Association has been a leader in the development and implementation of critical security improvements including the Known Crewmember program, the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, antihijacking training, airport passenger screening requirements, and expansion of the terrorist “Watch” and “No Fly” lists, to name a few.

However, despite this progress—and especially in light of the growing trend of passenger outbursts—more needs to be done to protect the flight deck. As the United States expands efforts to educate passengers and enforce the law in response to disruptive passenger events, government officials must also do more to protect the flight deck from being breached.

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My name is Ladislao A. Diaz, but I go by Laddie. I am a Hispanic American born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, in 1962, three years after the Cuban Revolution forever changed my fatherland.

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My parents came to the United States as immigrants. Growing up Latino provided the foundation for where I am today, including my involvement with the Latino Pilots Association (LPA). 

 

Thinking back, there has never been a time in my life when I remember wanting to be anything other than an airline pilot. 

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In the September issue of Air Line Pilot, we look at a few of the ways ALPA and the aviation world have followed through on the promise that “We will never forget.” Examples include our annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, grants provided by foundations honoring the ALPA members lost that day, and the Association’s ongoing work in safety and security.

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