Alaska’s Pilots Ratify New Contract
Alaska Airlines’ pilots on Wednesday approved a new,
five-year contract. With nearly 94 percent of 1,343 eligible
voters casting a ballot, 67 percent voted in favor of the
agreement. The agreement increases pay by nearly 20 percent
over the life of the agreement and contains job security and
work rule improvements. It also protects the pilots’
retirement and insurance benefits.
“This agreement improved and protected the four
cornerstones of our contract—pay, job security, work rules,
and benefits—in a way that allows the pilots to share in our
company’s prosperity and allows our company to continue to
succeed,” said Capt. Chris Notaro, chairman of the Alaska
Airlines Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots
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ALPA Reaffirms Commitment to Finding All Factors in Crash of Asiana Flight 214
As contributing factors continue to be discovered in the
Asiana Flight 214 accident investigation, ALPA again warns
about the dangers of speculation based on incomplete data.
Today, the NTSB revealed that the pilot flying the aircraft
was blinded by a flash of light only seconds before the
crash. It also has been reported that the autothrottles may
ALPA fully supports open, objective, and thorough
investigations with the goal of finding all factors involved
in the accident, not simply the most convenient to identify
quickly. Anything less must not be tolerated.
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ALPA Hails New Qualification Standards for Airline First Officers
ALPA hailed yesterdays’s announcement by the U.S. Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) that the agency is increasing
the minimum qualification requirements for first officers
(copilots) who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines.
The new regulations, which go into effect on August 1,
reflect ALPA’s efforts on several fronts and incorporate
several ALPA recommendations.
In addressing ALPA members about the significance of the
new rule, the Association’s president, Capt. Lee Moak,
noted, “ALPA was instrumental in helping to develop these
regulations through its participation on the related
FAA-industry Aviation Rulemaking Committee, by working with
the FAA and airline industry stakeholders, and by submitting
extensive comments on the proposed rule.
“The Association’s top concern remains safety,” he
stressed, “but ALPA will do all in its power to make the
transition to the new pilot qualifications rule as smooth
and seamless as possible for our members.”
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ALPA to Congress: Support U.S. Aviation Industry; Prohibit Funding for Abu Dhabi Preclearance Facility
Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int’l (ALPA), yesterday urged Congress to
support the U.S. aviation industry and prohibit funding for
a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility
at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE). In
testimony to the U.S. House Foreign
Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism,
Nonproliferation, and Trade, Moak detailed the potential
harm that a preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi would have on
U.S. airlines and the millions of Americans employed
directly or indirectly by the industry. Moak also advocated
for Congress to take decisive action in leveling the playing
field and strengthening the U.S. aviation industry—without
wasting taxpayers’ money.
“It makes no sense to have an Abu Dhabi preclearance
facility, as no U.S. carrier flies between Abu Dhabi and the
United States,” said Moak. “Nor does it make ‘cents’ to use
U.S. taxpayers’ money as financial assistance to one of the
wealthiest emirates in the UAE, especially when doing so
would provide a foreign airline with distinct marketing
advantages and further exacerbate the disadvantages that
U.S. airlines face in the international marketplace.”
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TSA Reminds Pilots to Comply with KCM Rules
The TSA has asked ALPA to remind Known Crewmember (KCM)
participants of the requirements of the program and the
importance of complying with them. KCM is a TSA-approved,
risked-based security program in which authorized crew
members are trusted to comply with the requirements.
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Kelowna Flightcraft MEC Officers Reelected
The Kelowna Flightcraft MEC announced the reelection of
its MEC officers for the July 2013–July 2015 term. In a vote
conducted Monday, Derek Porter was reelected MEC chair and
Tim Wynn-Williams will remain MEC vice chair. Also retaining
their positions are Serge Fortier as MEC secretary and Ken
Morrison as MEC treasurer. Congratulations to all the
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Attention, Pilot Foodies
You’ve dined in dozens of restaurants in cities across the
continent and, in some cases, around the globe. ALPA wants
to know: What’s your favorite? Tell us what makes your
particular dining hot spot so special. Your response could
appear in an upcoming issue of Air Line Pilot.
Tell us the name of the restaurant, where it’s located, and
the reason it’s your first choice. Forward this information
firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you, and your fellow
pilots will, too.
Final Trainings Scheduled: August District Advocates
is rapidly approaching, and we are still recruiting ALPA
pilot volunteer advocates to visit their members of Congress
locally and present ALPA’s pilot partisan agenda during this
out the spread on the District Advocates program in the
May issue of Air Line Pilot.)
If interested, please contact
to sign up for District Advocacy training. This training is
done via webinar, lasts about one hour, and provides an
overview of ALPA’s grassroots program, current legislative
issues, and how to set up and conduct a congressional visit.
Final trainings for the summer will held at the following
• Friday, July 12 @ 1000 EST
• Tuesday, July 16 @1500 EST
• Wednesday, July 17 @ 1200 EST
• Friday, July 19 @ 1000 EST
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