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December 4, 2001
ALPA Welcomes New Canadian Air Safety and Legislative Coordinator
WASHINGTON, D.C.---The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Art LaFlamme as its air safety and legislative coordinator for Canadian operations, effective January 1.
LaFlamme comes to ALPA from Transport Canada, where for the past three years he served as the director general of civil aviation, a position similar to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administrations administrator. Before joining Transport Canada in 1989, LaFlamme served for five years as the Canadian Aviation Safety Boards chief of investigation. In his new role with ALPA, LaFlamme will interface directly with Transport Canada, Nav Canada, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Labour Canada and other government departments and agencies to advocate the interests of professional airline pilots.
LaFlamme has 35 years of experience in Canadian aviation as a military pilot, aircraft accident investigator, manager, and executive. He holds a bachelor of science degree (with honors) in computer science from the University of Ottawa, and a current airline transport pilot license.
ALPAs president, Capt Duane Woerth, said, "Im extremely pleased to have Art LaFlamme working on our Canadian safety, security, and legislative issues. His keen insight from prior positions with the Canadian government will reap huge benefits for our Canadian members. I look forward to Arts helping ALPA to advise members of the Canadian Parliament on legislative issues, and working to ensure the highest degree of pilots health, welfare, and working conditions in areas affected by Canada law."
LaFlamme will be based in the Associations Ottawa offices, where he will join Jim Stewart, ALPAs air safety coordinator. Also moving from Toronto to Ottawa is the Associations Canada Board, the Canadian pilots chief vehicle of advocacy with the Canadian government and in other international arenas.
"I am very pleased to be joining ALPA," LaFlamme said. "I sincerely hope my extensive background on Canadian aviation security, safety and legislative issues will help to advance the goals of the Associations membership. I look forward to my role as ALPAs liaison with the Canadian government and aviation industry."
ALPA, the worlds oldest and largest professional organization of airline pilots, represents 66,000 airline pilots at 47 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Its web site is cf.alpa.org.
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