Release #: 19.27
July 18, 2019

ALPA Awards Presidential Citation to United Airlines Capt. John Drexler

Clover Pilot Honored for Commitment to Advancing Air Traffic Control Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today recognized United Airlines Capt. John Drexler with a Presidential Citation at its 65th Air Safety Forum.

“Capt. Drexler’s dedication to his colleagues and to advancing the airline piloting profession is a stellar example of how one individual can impact an entire industry,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president. “Through his contributions as director of ALPA’s Air Traffic Control Procedures group, and as the ALPA liaison to both the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Air Traffic Services group of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, Capt. Drexler has promoted a safer environment for pilots around the globe. He is a true asset to ALPA and a powerful advocate for aviation safety.”

In addition to his work in the air traffic control field, Capt. Drexler also served as an accident investigator for United’s Central Air Safety Committee, where he has contributed to several investigations. Capt. Drexler’s efforts on behalf of ALPA have made him a respected voice for pilots around the world.

“United pilots have undoubtedly benefited from Capt. Drexler’s numerous contributions to aviation safety. He has addressed not only safety processes and procedures for air traffic control, but has been an instrumental part of solidifying the relationship between ALPA and NATCA toward our shared goal of maintaining the safest aviation system in the world,” said Capt. Todd Insler, chairman of the United Airlines branch of ALPA.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 62,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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