Last Chance to RSVP—Capt Moak Leads Open Forum for ALPA Pilots in LAX on Thursday
This Thursday, September 26, the Delta MEC is hosting an
for all ALPA pilots in the Los Angeles, Calif., area. Capt.
Lee Moak, ALPA president, and Michael Robbins, ALPA director
of Government Affairs, will lead an open forum on the state
of our profession and policy challenges facing the aviation
industry. Food and beverages will be served following the
For more information and to RSVP,
ALPA President Talks NextGen at Airlines for America “Airlines 101”
This afternoon, ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak praised the
“tremendous benefits” of NextGen technology, despite
furlough setbacks and the effects of sequestration. The
comments came as Capt. Moak took part in a speaker panel of
aviation industry experts at the Airlines for America (A4A)
“Airlines 101” conference. The panel also featured Rick
Dalton, Southwest Airlines Director of Air Space and Flow
Management, and Josh Marks, masFlight Chief Executive
Officer, and was held at the National Press Club in
Capt. Moak made a point to praise the U.S. domestic
airline industry for contributing to the safest airline
system in the world. Speaking on steps that the U.S.
industry can take to move forward, Capt. Moak stated, “The
investment in NextGen is critical, investments are needed in
all parts of air transportation infrastructure—airports,
aircraft, air traffic control. We need to remain very aware
that the full benefit of NextGen is not focused only on
aircraft and air traffic control improvements, but also
includes improving surface operations at airports.”
Observations from the NextGen Flight Deck
ALPA first vice president Capt. Sean Cassidy
ALPA offered the pilot’s perspective at the NextGen
Institute’s annual public meeting, presented Friday in the
atrium at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s
Washington, D.C., headquarters. This year’s event, titled “NextGen
- Successes and Challenges: Building a Path to the Future,”
featured government and aviation industry presentations,
including firsthand observations about the use of NextGen
technologies from ALPA first vice president Capt. Sean
“Successful implementation is a combination of
technology, airline enthusiasm, pilot training, controller
training, and a stakeholder environment,” said Cassidy, who
described flying into Juneau International Airport, with its
challenging terrain, and how he directly benefited from this
new technology. The Alaska Airlines captain highlighted the
success of applications such as RNAV approaches into
locations like Denver International Airport and how they
reduce flight distances and traffic congestion. “NextGen
must be NowGen,” said Cassidy, observing that much of the
technology has been available since 1996 and stressing the
need to move forward despite the government’s current
emphasis on budget cuts and sequestration.
Read the full
Abu Dhabi Airport Prepares for Preclearance Opening
photo comes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. As is
clearly shown, the airport continues to prepare for the
opening of a new Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
preclearance site. The U.S. administration is forging ahead
with this site, in spite of congressional action to block
If allowed to open, the preclearance facility would be a
taxpayer funded giveaway to Etihad airlines, offering the
airline a competitive advantage over U.S. carriers by
granting them a convenience unavailable to domestic
airlines. This threatens the jobs of aviation workers, and
the diversion of taxpayer dollars to assist wealthy foreign
airlines cannot be justified, especially in a budget
environment in which U.S. airports have been understaffed
for years, causing our passengers to wait in long customs
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FAA Announces Carriers Can Petition to Implement Part 117 Early
FAA announced today that individual Part 121 air carriers
can petition for an exemption to implement Part 117 early if
the carrier follows specific guidelines. The implementation,
or phased implementation, cannot occur prior Dec. 1, 2013,
and must be completed by Jan. 4, 2014. If a carrier chooses
a phased implementation by individual pilot, once a pilot is
transitioned to Part 117, that pilot cannot revert back to
the Part 121 rules. Lastly, any pilot who begins a duty day
prior to Jan. 4, 2014, will be allowed to complete that duty
day in effect at the time that the duty day commenced.
However, the pilot must comply with the rest requirement of
both Part 117 and Part 121. Once the duty day is completed,
the pilot must be scheduled under Part 117.
Read the FAA Notice.
FedEx MEC Thanks Congressmen for Ensuring United Flight 93 Is Not Forgotten
On Sept. 11, 2013, ceremonies were held across the nation to
pay tribute to the fallen heroes of that tragic day in 2001.
From a farm field in Pennsylvania to a memorial garden
outside Washington, D.C., family members, colleagues, and
fellow Americans took time to acknowledge the sacrifice
those heroes gave.
One such event that should have occurred was the placing
of a wreath in front of the plaque honoring the passengers
and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 within the Capitol
rotunda in D.C. South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson
noticed that no such wreath had been placed, and he reached
out to his colleague, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise,
to correct this error. Congressman Scalise and the
Republican Study Committee (RSC) made it a priority to order
and arrange for a wreath for the passengers and crew of
United 93. The Architect of the Capitol and Speaker of the
House then made it official and committed that this would
not happen again, promising that a similar wreath will be
laid there each year.
Read the full release.
Flying In/Out of LAX? Read This Safety Advisory
The FAA has issued a bulletin emphasizing that there is a
turn required very soon after takeoff on LOOP6, LAXX6, and
SEBBY7 departures from the south runway complex at LAX. The
turn is based on a crossing radial rather than a named fix,
so the FMS will not automatically identify the need to turn.
The FAA reports that pilots from all airlines and all fleets
are missing the turn, and they have initiated certificate
action on several pilots.
It is imperative that pilots be aware of the turn in a
very high-workload phase of flight. ALPA is in discussions
with the FAA, attempting to define an improved departure
procedure. Pending that resolution, pilots are urged to
maintain vigilance for the location of the required turn.
For more information, read the FAA’s LAX Departure Advisory.
One More Fall District Advocates Training Date!
ALPA is seeking volunteers who are interested in promoting
ALPA’s legislative agenda and who want to serve as pilot
partisan representatives to their local congressional
office. You may have missed our August District Advocate
webinars, but there’s one more chance to catch a training
session on Friday, September 27, at 1200 EST.
During training, volunteers will be instructed on how to
serve as effective local advocates through visits with their
members of Congress and participation in other grassroots
activities. (Check out the spread on the
District Advocates program in the May issue of Air
Line Pilot.) This training is completed 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. If interested,
Carly.Hepola@alpa.org to register.
“Securing the Skies” Conference in Washington, D.C.
On Oct. 17, 2013, ALPA and Airlines for America will sponsor
a one-day conference that will highlight numerous
significant aviation security improvements made since 9/11
and explore current challenges to the industry. The
conference will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in
For registration, meeting agenda, and additional
Runway Resurfacing Project at Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
The resurfacing project on Runway 8R at Honolulu
International Airport (HNL), commonly referred to as the
“Reef” runway, is underway, with work scheduled to be
completed on December 18. This project will be conducted in
three phases with follow-on work.
You can read more detailed information about the
HNL Runway Resurfacing Project and also view a revised
HNL Runway Diagram during the resurfacing phases. Crews
should be aware of any takeoff/landing performance impacts
and the potential for delays during construction.
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