October 28, 2009 - On the morning of the second day of the 105th ALPA regular
Executive Board Meeting, delegates reviewed and voted on several delegate
committee resolutions that will strengthen the union for years to come.
Among other things, the Board approved the new Professional Development
Group. The new umbrella group will fuse the Membership, Education, and
Leadership committees-along with communications support for internal and
external organizing-to increase the Union’s ability to address strategic
initiatives involving ALPA membership and organizing efforts.
Also, the Executive Board passed a resolution to appoint Capt. Jerry
McDermott (CAL) the new executive chairman of the ALPA Pilot Assistance
Committee. Another unanimously approved resolution reorganized the Airport and
Ground Environment Group, which functions within ALPA’s air safety structure.
Two additional resolutions amended MEC voting and ALPA Internet/Intranet
structure policies. (Check back for a complete list of resolutions or look for
an upcoming FastRead.)
ALPA pilot leaders also heard a joint presentation from Drs. Don Hudson and
Quay Snyder who presented a formal report, examining the scope and operation of the
Aviation Medical Advisory Service (AMAS), ALPA’s Aeromedical Office. The Denver
facility assists pilots with medical issues, which could affect their ability to
perform their jobs. Aeromedical provides both consultations and clinical
administrative assistance, and answers between 200 and 250 daily pilot queries.
Hudson talked about Aeromedical’s history and its function as an FAA Medical
Department liaison. He also spoke about the alarming increase of pilot laser
exposures, noting, “We’ve had two very serious retinal burn cases.”
“We are not FAA physicians,” said Snyder, who discussed the confidential
nature of Aeromedical consultations. Snyder will replace Hudson as AMAS
president in January and ALPA’s Executive Board and other meeting attendees gave
Hudson a well-deserved standing ovation for his many years of service to the
Additionally, ALPA debuted a Year in Review video that highlights
accomplishments of the Union. Click here to
watch. (Click here to
watch the prequel video, released in May 2009.)
Click here to read about
Day 1 of the meeting.