ALPA’s Drive to #DenyNAI Intensifies as Congress Returns to D.C.
The fireworks opposing Norwegian Air International’s (NAI)
application for a U.S. foreign air carrier permit were on
vivid display across Capitol Hill, even as Congress returned
to Washington, D.C., after the July 4th holiday in the
In Aviation Daily’s July 8 edition, ALPA’s president,
Capt. Lee Moak, repeated the union’s call for the U.S.
Department of Transportation to reject NAI’s application in
an opinion piece titled “Norwegian Air International Can’t
Fly Above the Law.” In the “Departures” department
commentary, he said, “Simply put, NAI was created expressly
to allow its parent company to skirt Norway’s labor, tax,
and regulatory law.”
On July 7, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) characterized NAI’s
proposal as a “shell corporation,” in “Don’t
Skew the Marketplace Against U.S.-Based Airlines,” an
opinion piece published in The Daily Caller, a web
In the halls of Congress, in a
letter to Transportation Secretary Foxx sent on July 1,
eight members of Georgia’s U.S. House delegation expressed
concern that “NAI’s recently granted air operator
certificate from Ireland will put it at a competitive
advantage over U.S. airlines if the application for a U.S.
foreign air carrier permit is approved, thereby threatening
U.S. airline jobs at a time when our economy is still weak.”
Read more recent Deny NAI developments.
ALPA Family Members Awarded Scholarships
Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to
116 students representing 39 unions, including two
winners representing the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA),
in the 2014 Union Plus Scholarship Program. In this 23rd
year of the program, more than 5,300 applications were
received from union members and families in all 50 states.
This year’s ALPA winners are:
• Scott Gardner of
Vacaville, Calif., whose mother Vera Tu is a member of
UAL ALPA Local Council 34, has been awarded a $500
• Elizabeth Godfrey of
Helotes, Tex., whose father Mark Godfrey is a member of
EGL ALPA Local Council 83, has been awarded a $2,000
“There are a lot of benefits to being a union member.
Economic security is number one, and education is the first
building block. Education sets up our kids for success,
leadership, and happiness,” said Leslie Tolf, president of
Union Privilege, the organization behind Union Plus benefits
and the scholarship program. “By awarding these scholarships
we level the playing field—everyone deserves an equal shot
at a quality education. We help union families feel just a
little more secure in embarking on successful lives.”
Meet the 2014 ALPA honorees and learn more about the Union
Plus scholarship program.
Fly to ORD? FAA Wants Your Input on New Signs and Markings
ALPA’s continued work to reduce runway incursions with the
FAA Runway Safety Council’s Root Cause Analysis Team (RCAT)
has led to the FAA Technical Center’s Airport Safety R&D
branch developing a new sign and marking combination to
better identify and properly use “approach hold” areas. The
surface marking in the test is the ILS “ladder” hold marking
being used in conjunction with a new design for the sign.
For the next five months, the FAA will be conducting a
full-scale operational research evaluation study at a
limited number of specific points on the Chicago O’Hare
International Airport (ORD) to determine the effectiveness
of these signs and surface markings (see images after the
jump). The FAA is soliciting your views on these proposed
visual aids via an
online survey. This is a subjective evaluation and all
responses will be anonymous.
Questions may be directed to Engineering & Air Safety at
800-424-2470 or project manager Lauren Vitagliano (email@example.com,
609-485-8198, Airport Safety R&D, FAA William J. Hughes
www.airporttech.tc.faa.gov), or support contractors
Jennifer Klass (firstname.lastname@example.org,
609-601-6800 ext.137) or Garrison Canter (email@example.com,
Read more on the new signs and markings at ORD.
Revised ALPA Constitution and By-Laws Online Now
The ALPA Constitution and By-Laws, revised as of June 26,
2014, is now available in the ALPA e-Library on the
members-only website. Additionally, related administrative
changes also were made to Section 40 (Collective
Bargaining), Section 90 (ALPA Voting Procedures), and
Section 100 (Government Affairs/ALPA-PAC Steering Committee)
of the ALPA Administrative Manual; these are available in
the e-Library as well.
Please contact Lee Alger (Lee.Alger@alpa.org)
if you have any questions.
It’s Coming; Are You Ready?
The July issue of Air Line Pilot will hit mailboxes
soon. See the highlights
here. Did you miss
this year’s Legislative Summit? We’ve got all the coverage
in this issue along with a fair share of #pilotselfies from
the days on the Hill. And don’t miss our feature story on
the caravan captains at Wasaya.
Read ALP online.
Emergency Relief: P4P Is Here for You
hurricane season, remember that Pilots for Pilots (P4P)
stands ready to assist our pilots in need. In the years
since its creation, P4P (formerly known as the ALPA
Emergency Relief Fund) has provided financial assistance to
hundreds of ALPA members and their families affected by
hurricanes, wildfires, river flooding, and other widespread
disasters. To learn more about P4P, request a grant, or make
a contribution, visit
www.alpa.org/relieffund. Contributions to the fund are
tax-deductible in the United States.
represents more than 51,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the
United States and Canada.
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