Release #: 19.32
July 18, 2019

ALPA Awards Presidential Citation to Capt. Matthew Youngs

Hockley Pilot Honored for Commitment to Advancing Aviation Security

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today recognized Capt. Matthew Youngs, formerly with Envoy Air, with a Presidential Citation at its 65th Air Safety Forum.

“Capt. Youngs’s dedication to his colleagues and to advancing aviation security within the aviation community is a stellar example of how one individual can impact an entire industry,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president. “Through his efforts, Capt. Youngs has promoted a safer and more secure environment for pilots. He is a true asset to ALPA and a powerful advocate for aviation security.”

Capt. Youngs’s previous background in law enforcement was instrumental in deepening ALPA’s working relationship with the various governmental agencies that are tasked with keeping our aviation system secure. Through his efforts, Capt. Youngs was able to increase ALPA’s presence within the Airport Law Enforcement Agency Network and increase cooperation between ALPA and various law enforcement agencies in airports around the United States.

“While at Envoy, Capt. Youngs was a long-time asset to the airline  and to our profession,” said Capt. Steven Pallai, chairman of the Envoy Air pilot group of ALPA. “All of his fellow Envoy pilots are proud to see him recognized for his contributions to aviation safety and security.”

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