July 30, 2009
ALPA Announces 2009 55th Air Safety Forum
WASHINGTON, DC—The Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l (ALPA) takes on emerging aviation safety challenges and explores
innovative solutions from across the industry during its 55th ALPA Air Safety
Forum, to be held August 5-6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 2009 Air Safety Forum, themed “It Takes a
Pilot,” focuses on the best practices that promise to form the foundation for
making the already safe airline industry even safer. Aviation experts from
across the globe will gather to discuss the newest data and latest developments
in aviation safety.
The two-day Forum will culminate with ALPA’s 2009
Air Safety Awards Banquet, which recognizes the individuals and flight crews who
have achieved excellence in the piloting profession.
Wednesday, August 5
- ALPA Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presentations include Airport of the Year, ALPA’s Presidential Citations,
and Outstanding Airport Liaison Representative.
Air Safety Forum Opening Ceremony begins at
1:00 p.m. eastern time
- Welcoming remarks from Capt. John Prater,
- FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt
presents the keynote address.
- Session: “Feeling Trapped by Cockpit
Automation?”—Explores the pros and cons of cockpit automation and examines
strategies for training tomorrow’s pilots.
- Session: “CrewPASS”—How screening already
highly vetted airline pilots more efficiently can make airline security more
Thursday, August 6
The Forum opens at 8:00 a.m. eastern time.
- Session: “Wildlife Hazard
Mitigation”—Technology and trends to help safeguard aircraft against birds
and other wildlife hazards.
- Session: “Legally Green”—What the mandates
to reduce emissions mean and how the airline industry is preparing to meet
- Session: “Next Gen—Why isn’t it Now
Gen?”—The need to modernize our country’s air traffic control system and
national airspace could not be more urgent.
- Session: “Pilots Engaged”—How ALPA pilots
are engaged and committed to enacting progressive, safety-based policy.
- Address by Martin Eley, Transport Canada
director general of civil aviation
- ALPA’s 2009 Annual Air Safety Awards
Presentations include ALPA Air Safety Award, Aviation Security Award, Pilot
Assistance Award, the Aviation Security Award for Valour, the Superior
Airmanship Award, and the Distinguished Crew Safety Award to the crew of US
Airways Flight 1549.
All events will be held at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, D.C. A full agenda is available at
www.alpa.org under “Events.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest
pilots union, representing nearly 54,000 pilots at 36 airlines in the United
States and Canada.
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