ALPA Readies Aviation Industry for New Rule to Combat Pilot Fatigue
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), hosted a
special meeting this week bringing together representatives
from government agencies, airlines, and aviation labor
groups to ensure that all parties involved in the
implementation of new pilot fatigue rules next year are
“For decades, ALPA has been fully engaged in efforts to
change the flight-time/ duty-time regulations to reduce
fatigue and enhance aviation safety for all,” said ALPA
president Capt. Lee Moak. “With the final rule set to go
into effect on January 4, 2014, we thought it was imperative
to bring key people together to ensure an ‘on-time arrival’
of this essential change in regulations.”
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Eagle MEC Elects New Officers
Pictured left to right: Sprague, Rettig.
At its regularly scheduled meeting this week, the Eagle MEC
elected Capt. Bill Sprague as MEC chairman for the term
beginning September 8, 2013, and ending September 7, 2015.
Capt. Matt Rettig was elected MEC vice chairman and Capt.
Gloria Finnerty was elected secretary-treasurer. The new
leadership team will not only work to guide the Eagle pilots
during the US Airways merger, but it will also work with new
incoming American Eagle president Pedro Fabregas to ensure
adherence with the collective bargaining agreement
negotiated during bankruptcy. At the same meeting, the MEC
elected committee chairmen for most of its standing
committees to serve the same tenure.
ALPA Staff Gets Sneak Peek at Disney’s Planes
more than 250 ALPA staff and their families attended a
special ALPA-only premiere of the new animated Disney movie,
Planes. Through a special partnership with Disney, a
theater in Tysons Corner, Va., was set aside for ALPA
employees and, within 24 hours of the event being announced,
all the available seats were reserved. ALPA president Capt.
Lee Moak welcomed everyone to the film and member pilots
were available to answer questions from the young audience.
The film is the first in a trilogy of animated films that
will focus on aviation—and possibly inspire a whole new
generation of pilots. The film opens this weekend in
For more about how ALPA is helping young pilots get
official site for Planes.
“Achoo!”—What to Take When Your Allergies Get Airborne
In this month’s Air Line Pilot magazine, you’ll find
an article from ALPA Aeromedical advisor, Dr. Quay Snyder,
about what pilots can (and cannot) take when dealing with
respiratory allergies. For example, many common
over-the-counter medications, such as Benadryl, are not
authorized by the FAA and can only be taken if you wait five
times the dosing time (the recommended time interval between
doses) before flying. The article also details what you’ll
need to report on your FAA Form 8500: Application for Airman
Medical when listing your allergy medications.
Read all about allergies in the air.
AFL-CIO Asks You to Support United Way
1947, the AFL-CIO has taken great pride in its partnership
with the United Way. The labor movement and the United Way
have a long tradition of working together to help workers,
families, and communities in need.
United Way funding makes it possible to provide services
people need to get back on their feet. United Way supports
more than 200 community services liaisons serving working
families in communities around the country.
Please support the 2013 United Way Campaign where you
live and work. Together we can help those in real need while
we work to rebuild our economy for all.
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