Release #: 18.28
August 02, 2018

Capt. Jerry McDermott Receives ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At the 64th Air Safety Forum today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) recognized United Airlines Capt. Jerry McDermott with this year’s Pilot Assistance Award. ALPA presented its prestigious award to Capt. McDermott for his extraordinary service leading ALPA’s  national pilot assistance programs.

“Capt. McDermott’s passion for ensuring that his fellow crewmembers have access to the myriad of programs that provide support for pilots both in the cockpit and at home is inspiring,” said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA president. “Over the course of his ALPA tenure, Capt. McDermott systematically built strong working relationships with government and industry stakeholders to enhance ALPA’s pilot assistance initiatives in the United States and Canada. His efforts have had a profound impact within the Association, as many ALPA pilots today owe their careers to the tenacious focus of Capt. McDermott.”

Through tireless efforts, Capt. McDermott has helped pilots continue their careers through mentoring and monitoring. In his role as chairman of ALPA’s Pilot Assistance group, Capt. McDermott collaborated with industry and government stakeholders to help strengthen Pilot Assistance programs across the industry.

“Regardless of the situation, Capt. McDermott has always worked to save the careers of pilots in need. The dedication and selflessness of pilot advocates like Capt. McDermott have made a significant difference to the pilots of ALPA, and it is an honor to recognize his dedication to ensuring that pilots maintain a healthy career track with this year’s Pilot Assistance Award,” said Capt. Todd Insler, chairman of the United unit of ALPA. “Capt. McDermott personifies the motto of ‘Pilots Helping Pilots.’”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 60,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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