ALPA Prepared to Highlight Membership’s Safety Contributions to NTSB

May 14, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will convene a three-day “Public Safety Forum on Professionalism in Aviation” beginning Tuesday, May 18, and ALPA representatives will be active in all phases of discussions.

ALPA is participating to show the aviation community the true level of ethics, professionalism, and commitment that airline pilots have to their profession. “Our membership has been the subject of unprecedented scrutiny in the past year, and has come under fire for an extremely small number of high-profile incidents. It’s time for us to remind the industry that aviation in North America is the safest it has ever been, mostly due to the commitment of professional airline pilots,” states ALPA’s president, Capt. John Prater. “Every day tens of thousands of flights operate, carrying more than a million passengers and thousands of tons of freight, safely and without accident or incident. It’s time we received the credit and respect we deserve.”

The NTSB invited ALPA to participate with three panelists during this forum: Capt. John Sluys (ALA), chair of the Professional Development Group; Capt. John Rosenberg (DAL), chair of the Professional Standards Committee; and Capt. Tim Flaherty (DAL), chair of the Air Traffic Services Group.

During this hearing ALPA speakers will highlight:

ALPA representatives will make it clear that professional airline pilots have the continued safety of the aviation system as their goal, and work every day on every flight to ensure that this goal is met. At the same time, we will make it equally clear that airlines and regulators are part of that same process to ensure safety. An environment that fosters professionalism, gives professionals the tools they need, and treats professionals with the respect our members have earned is a vital part of the process to ensure safety.

ALPA will continue to push for standards of conduct for airline managements and for regulatory support for training, professional development, and a work environment that fosters a positive safety culture.