Help for ALPA Pilot Families Recovering from Widespread Disasters

The ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, or Pilots for Pilots (P4P), is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity created to offer financial assistance to ALPA pilots and their dependents to cover the immediate, extraordinary expenses that follow widespread, catastrophic events.

Established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, P4P has aided hundreds of ALPA members, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the form of grants to address the devastating effects of these disasters. Tragedy can strike at a moment’s notice. P4P helps expedite the recovery process, allowing pilots and their dependents to return their lives to some semblance of normalcy.

P4P is a tangible benefit of ALPA membership, but its availability depends on you. P4P relies solely on donations, and 100 percent of these contributions goes to aid those members in need. Please make a generous donation today! Keep in mind that contributions are tax-deductible in the United States.

Three Ways You Can Help P4P

  1. Donate to the Fund, whether it's one time or a recurring donation. This can be monthly, quarterly, or even annually.
  2. Ask your payroll department if you can create an automatic withdrawal from your paycheck (not available with all pilot groups).
  3. If you know an ALPA pilot affected by a widespread disaster, tell them about P4P!

P4P Assistance Now Available for COVID-19

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ALPA's Executive Council voted to include the current crisis within the parameters of Pilots for Pilots (P4P), ALPA's Emergency Relief Fund, allowing the fund to provide temporary financial assistance to ALPA members suffering a financial hardship related to COVID-19.

The resolution states that P4P "shall be available to provide grants or loans for temporary financial assistance (in amounts consistent with the fund's guidelines but in general limited to $1,000) to members of the Air Line Pilots Association or their dependents based on financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 illness (such as medical expenses not covered by insurance or dependent care expenses)."

As with all P4P grants, the fund is not available to replace lost pay but rather to help cover the unexpected and unanticipated costs that bring an extra burden. A few examples


  • Expenses for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or whose dependents have tested positive
  • Additional medical or travel costs directly related to COVID-19
  • Any other unexpected expenses directly related to COVID-19

Not covered:

  • Flight pay loss
  • Medical expenses not related to COVID-19
  • Standard household bills and expenses

If you’re not sure whether or not your situation is covered, please fill out the application anyway and a P4P director will discuss your situation with you, one-on-one.

Please use P4P when you need it and remind other ALPA pilots that it is available. Remember, we are all just a disaster away from needing Pilots for Pilots, so please help us maintain this important member resource by making periodic donations. Thanks for your continuing support.

Another Way to Support P4P All Year Long

Support P4P through Amazon SmileAnother way you can support P4P is by shopping with AmazonSmile. If you purchase products using online retailer Amazon.com, visit AmazonSmile—you’ll find the same prices, selection, and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that Amazon will donate .5 percent of your purchase price to P4P. Just click the link to register your account and then start every Amazon trip at AmazonSmile instead.

What Can P4P Do?



The fund’s tax-exempt status is dependent on remaining within the IRS guidelines, which are specific in regards to eligibility. The guidelines limit P4P disbursement of the funds to individuals who suffer from a widespread disaster.

To ensure that you meet P4P criteria, please carefully review the fund guidelines, which explain the conditions that constitute an applicable disaster and the fund’s IRS classification.