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April 28, 2011

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ALPA’s 108th Executive Board Convenes

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of the meeting

Addressing the challenges ALPA pilots face today and those to come, ALPA’s elected leadership gathered for the 108th Executive Board meeting to move forward resolutions that will position the union to seamlessly overcome those hurdles.

“This is a new decade,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president. “We are a single group of ALPA leaders. How we govern together is how we lead. We must pool our experiences and share our knowledge. We must clearly state our goals and objectives. We will commit to working harder to earn and keep the respect of our members.”

Capt. Moak also welcomed the pilots of Canadian North as ALPA’s 39th member airline. The merger between the 106 pilots and ALPA is effective May 1.

“Through this merger, we strengthen ALPA’s position as the preeminent voice of airline pilots across North America,” Capt. Moak said. “Through this merger, the Canadian North flight crewmembers are well-positioned to advance their goals, including their ongoing contract negotiations, with the full support, resources, and voice of the world’s most powerful pilots union.”

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ALPA President Responds to NYT Article
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak recently wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times titled, “Avoiding Pilot Fatigue.” He was responding to an April 17 article titled, “F.A.A. to Change Schedule Rules for Controllers.”

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ALPA Ops Bulletin Highlights DCA Runway Improvements
Read the latest ALPA Operations Bulletin about improvements planned for DCA’s Runway 1/19 and how they will affect traffic. The bulletin advises pilots to anticipate periodic nighttime closures of the runway from May 2011 through the fall. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is working closely with stakeholders to mitigate the impact of the construction.

Read more.

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This Week on The FlightDeck
Tune in to the fourth edition of The FlightDeck, where we discuss the FedEx Express pilots’ contract improvements, the space shuttles’ retirement homes, and who got elected to what post at this year’s IFALPA conference. This episode also features a special report on flight- and duty-time regulations from the global perspective.

Plus, find out how you can “Watch & Win” your way to a Sennheiser HMEC 26-T headset valued at $850. Nothing here pique your interest? Tell us what topics you want covered in the next episode at

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Pilots Needed for D.C.-Area Study
Pilots are needed to participate in a research project, funded by the FAA, investigating use of data communications between ATC and the flight deck. Experiment sessions take place at the Fairfax, Va., campus of George Mason University and last four to six hours.

Pilots should have airline experience within the last two years and experience flying Boeing 737s, 747s, and/or 777s. As compensation, participants will receive a flat rate of $100, plus $25/hour for every hour over four hours. Sessions are currently being scheduled for dates in April, May, and June.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Sara Gee at

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This Week’s Press Releases/Web Coverage
NTSB’s Empire Airlines Accident Report Shows Need for Standard Rest Rules for All Airline Pilots
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak issued a statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board meeting this week regarding the 2009 Empire Airlines Flight 8284 accident at Lubbock, Texas. Read more.

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Other Industry News
• An attempted hijacking of Alitalia flight AZ329 from Paris to Rome was foiled last Sunday night. A man held a flight attendant at knifepoint, demanding to be taken to Libya, but was subdued by other crewmembers and passengers. The flight attendant suffered minor injuries but no other passengers were harmed, and the plane landed safely at Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Rome. Police are investigating the incident.

• SkyWest Airlines will begin flying six West Coast routes in support of Alaska Airlines, beginning in May. These routes from Seattle and Portland, Ore., were previously flown by Horizon Air. SkyWest will operate these flights using Bombardier CRJ700 jets leased from Horizon.

• The U.S. Department of Transportation last week announced a new set of passenger protections that compel airlines to more clearly disclose ticket charges and fees in advertisements and on their websites. Other provisions increase the amount airlines must pay passengers who are involuntarily bumped from flights, require airlines to refund checked baggage fees if luggage is lost, and impose a four-hour limit for the time a plane can sit on the tarmac for delayed international flights. These rules go into effect in August.

• A hangar at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport in California is taking significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint. The facility includes solar panels that provide more than 400,000 kilowatt hours per year to fuel electric vehicles that tow aircraft and power idling planes. The facility includes a diamond-polished concrete floor that eliminates the need for toxic epoxy sealants, and large fans that reduce the need for chemical refrigerant-based air conditioning.

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During the Association’s 42nd Board of Directors meeting in October 2008, 217 of the union’s pilot representatives established a single strategic plan for our union. This plan outlines new initiatives to reconnect the Association with its members and reinforce ALPA’s mission: to be the ultimate guardian and defender of the rights and privileges of the professional pilots who are ALPA members. Want to see the details? Sign onto the members-only section of the ALPA website at, and click on the box that says “Strategic Plan, Working Document” on the lower right side of the page.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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If you have moved or changed your ISP or e-mail address, please update your ALPA records. If you don’t, you will no longer receive the ALPA FastRead and other e-mail bulletins and notices, and once your postal forwarding order expires, you’ll no longer receive the magazine and other ALPA mail. You can do it yourself by going to and logging in. Go to “My ALPA” in the menu at the top of the page, and from there, you’ll be instructed how to make the necessary changes.

If you don’t have access to the members-only section of, you can e-mail your requests by sending them to Be sure to include your member number or enough other information so that we can identify you in the membership database, and tell us what information needs to be updated.

Please note that it is not sufficient just to notify your LEC or MEC of these changes—you should register them with the ALPA Membership Department in Herndon.

Can’t remember your member number or how to log in? Need information about your ALPA insurance programs? These and other questions about ALPA services can be answered by contacting

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