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June 26, 2014

In This Issue:

Breaking News:
     • LaHood Speaks Out on NAI
Feature:
     • Capt. Moak Testifies: “Ex-Im Bank has Lost Its Way”
National News:
     • ICAO Prohibits Lithium Metal Battery Shipments as Cargo on Passenger Airplanes
     • Two New Part 117 Interpretations Issued
     • House Fully Funds FFDO Program for FY2015
     • Flooded in the Midwest? P4P Can Help You!
     • Got 10 minutes? Take an IFALPA SID/STAR Phraseology Survey
Pilot Group News:
     • MAG MEC Elects New Chairman: Capt. Brian Richardson
     • PSA Pilot Leaders Talk ALPA-PAC
     • Biking 150 Miles in Two Days: FedEx Pilots Participating in National MS Race
     • Play Golf: ARW Pilots Planning Fundraiser
     • XJT Families Kick Off Summer in Houston
ALPA Daily Extra
News on the Net
 

LaHood Speaks Out on NAI

The Hill ran an opinion editorial written by former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today. In the piece, titled “Many Questions Still Unanswered about Norwegian Air’s Impact on Fair Competition,” LaHood says fair competition is one of the founding principles of Open Skies—and he should know, being the authority who oversaw the signing of Open Skies agreements with 16 different countries during his tenure. He raises a number of questions, and asserts: “While I am withholding final judgment until more facts become available, NAI’s proposal appears contrary to a key provision in our EU Second Stage agreement that ensured new commercial opportunities created by the agreement could not be exploited to subvert labor standards and create an unfair competitive environment.”

Check it out—it’s worth the read.

Capt. Moak Testifies: “Ex-Im Bank has Lost Its Way”

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) Wednesday called on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to seize the upcoming U.S. Export-Import Bank reauthorization as a key opportunity to make certain that the bank’s widebody financing decisions do not harm U.S. airlines or threaten U.S. airline industry jobs.

“I don’t take issue with the historic mission of the bank, but it has lost its way,” said Capt. Lee Moak in his testimony. “Now, the bank is being used to provide subsidies to foreign companies that not only don’t need the financing but use the advantage to undercut U.S. airlines.” Capt. Moak testified at a hearing titled “Examining Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank: Corporate Necessity or Corporate Welfare?”

Read: Press Release; Pilot Partisan; Leadership From the Cockpit; Infographic.

ICAO Prohibits Lithium Metal Battery Shipments as Cargo on Passenger Airplanes

A proposal by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), forbidding the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, has now been approved by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) and the full ICAO Council. This is a positive step that clears the way to have lithium metal batteries prohibited from passenger aircraft cargo compartments incorporated into the 2015–2016 edition of the technical instructions that will become effective on Jan. 1, 2015.

Read more about the ICAO DGP proposal.

Two New Part 117 Interpretations Issued

The FAA has issued two Part 117 (flight-time limitations) interpretations. The first interpretation (Tutt 2014) addresses the assignment of additional flying to an unaugmented flightcrew member who has finished his scheduled flying but has FDP time remaining.

The second interpretation (Rives-Ameristar AirCargo 2014) addresses when a flightcrew member who is on long-call reserve may be notified to report for drug or alcohol testing. If you have any questions about these interpretations, or flying to the new Part 117 rule, call ALPA’s Legal Department at 703-689-4326.

House Fully Funds FFDO Program for FY2015

For the third year in a row, the president’s budget threatened to dramatically cut the Federal Flight Deck Officer program—and for the third year in a row, ALPA successfully fought back and restored the program to $25 million for FY2015 in the House budget. During the markup of the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, the committee unanimously voted to maintain the FFDO program’s current funding level.

This battle now moves to the Senate, where ALPA fully expects a similar amendment to pass with a large, bipartisan coalition.

Flooded in the Midwest? P4P Can Help You!

The news media reported this week that parts of the Midwest have been inundated by extensive flooding. In Minnesota alone, a state of emergency was declared in 35 counties. Reports of the Mississippi River rising to nearly six feet above flood stage in St. Paul remind us that the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, or Pilots for Pilots (P4P), stands ready to help ALPA pilots and their families who are adversely affected by these events.

P4P is a member resource intended to provide for the immediate needs of all ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters. Funded primarily from contributions by ALPA members and staff, P4P is one of the many tangible benefits of belonging to the Association. To learn more about the fund, make a donation, or request a grant, visit www.alpa.org/relieffund.

Got 10 minutes? Take an IFALPA SID/STAR Phraseology Survey

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), along with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), would like your input with a SID/STAR phraseology survey. This anonymous survey is designed to identify problem areas where SIDS/STAR phraseology has been misunderstood. The 23-question survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The results of the survey will be compiled into a report that will be given to industry and air traffic management organizations. The report will provide the basis for efforts to standardize SID/STAR phraseology worldwide.

Take the SID/STAR phraseology survey.


Capt. Brian Richardson (left) with
MAG Vice Chair Jake Clymo.
MAG MEC Elects New Chairman: Capt. Brian Richardson

On Monday, June 23, at a special meeting, the Mesa Air Group (MAG) MEC elected Capt. Brian Richardson as the new MEC chairman. With his term beginning immediately, Capt. Richardson will serve through March 2016. He began with Mesa in 1998 and has volunteered on numerous committees, including Grievance, Jumpseat, and Central Air Safety. He has also been the chief accident investigator on behalf of the pilots. He is currently the captain rep for MAG LEC 85 and has been a member of the MEC for eight years.

“We are facing a number of challenges at Mesa,” commented Capt. Richardson, “not only with our own negotiations, but also within our industry. Although it may be tempting to point fingers and argue, to be successful we must be unified and speak with one voice. I look forward to serving this pilot group and helping us move forward together.”

PSA Pilot Leaders Talk ALPA-PAC

Members of the PSA MEC and the pilot group’s Legislative Affairs Committee held their first ALPA-PAC “Coffee Clutch” at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Starbucks on the E Concourse. This social event provided pilots passing through CLT with free Starbucks coffee and a chance to chat with their union reps and to learn more about ALPA’s Political Action Committee.

“The Coffee Clutch was a big success,” said PSA MEC Chairman Jesse Coeling. “We saw and enrolled many pilots in our ALPA-PAC checkoff program,” he added, noting that similar events are planned for the future.

The descriptions of the Air Line Pilots Association PAC are not a solicitation to contribute to the PAC. Only ALPA members, ALPA executives, senior administrative and professional staff personnel, and their immediate family members living in the same household are eligible to contribute to ALPA-PAC. ALPA-PAC maintains and enforces a policy of refusing to accept contributions from any other source. ALPA members may learn more about ALPA-PAC and about contributing to ALPA-PAC by entering the members-only portion of this website.

Biking 150 Miles in Two Days: FedEx Pilots Participating in National MS Race

Capt. Scott Durham, Capt. Mike Harnish, F/O Gloria Harnish, F/O Mike Murray, and F/O Brian Smith, along with other participants, will be riding on the FedEx bike team in this year’s Colorado MS 150. The two-day, 150-mile event, designed to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be held June 28 and 29. If you would like to show your support for the cause and the FedEx team, please visit the team page.

Play Golf: ARW Pilots Planning Fundraiser

ARW Council 50 is hosting a fundraiser August 14 at the Honey Bee Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va., to raise money for the Jonathan Daniel McAbee Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports those who are working toward a career as an airline pilot. Capt. McAbee was killed in a car accident in 2013.

The tournament will be a four-man “Scramble” with a shotgun start. This will allow players of all levels to participate and have an enjoyable outing. Anyone looking to support a good cause is invited to participate.

Read more about the fundraiser.

XJT Families Kick Off Summer in Houston

The ExpressJet MEC officially kicked off summer in style last week with the first of a series of six Family Awareness events. Almost 240 pilots, spouses, children, and friends enjoyed a day at the Wet ‘n Wild Splashtown waterpark in Spring, Tex., just north of Houston. The committee has planned a full schedule of family gatherings this summer across the entire XJT system, including Houston, Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City, Newark, and Chicago. The next Family Awareness event is July 18 at Elitch Gardens Amusement Park in downtown Denver.

News on the Net

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