Pilot Assistance Forum Kicks Off in Herndon
than 160 pilot assistance volunteers from around the world
joined government officials, airline managers, and medical
professionals at the ALPA Conference Center in Herndon, Va.,
today for the opening of ALPA’s annual Pilot Assistance
Forum. With attendees from as far away as Germany, South
Africa, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand,
the three-day meeting features presentations, discussions,
and training in the Association’s five PA disciplines:
Aeromedical, Critical Incident Response, Professional
Standards, HIMS and Canadian Pilot Assistance.
Welcoming the group, ALPA President Lee Moak said the
theme of the forum, “ALPA: By Your Side,” is particularly
apt for PA volunteers. “Pilot assistance is always going to
be by your side, 24/7, 365 days of the year—ready, willing,
and able to help pilots in times of need,” Moak said.
On day one of the conference, attendees were briefed on
how ALPA’s Aeromedical Office assists pilots in keeping or
getting back their flight status, and received an overview
of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Disaster
Assistance Program. They also listened to a presentation on
grief counseling and heard a first-person account of the
1988 Aloha Flight 243 accident, where a Boeing 737 lost a
major section of the top of its fuselage in flight. The
surviving crew’s emotional trauma following the accident was
the genesis of ALPA’s current Pilot Assistance efforts. The
PA Forum runs through Thursday in Herndon.
See photos from day one of the Pilot Assistance Forum.