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November 15, 2011

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Call to Action: ALPA Demands One Fatigue Rule for All Airline Ops
Amid Capitol Hill rumors that the new fatigue rule may include an exception for all-cargo airline operations, Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, is urging all ALPA pilots to make their voices heard by using the Association’s Call to Action program. “Every ALPA pilot must stand up and voice your objection to anything less than One Level of Safety for all pilots,” he said.

Moak wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama today, stressing, “As a pilot, I can attest to the fact that fatigue does not discriminate based on the color of the airplane or the type of operation being flown—we are all human and fatigue impacts us all the same. One segment of our industry should not be treated differently than any other. To do so, compromises the safety of the entire system.”

Specifically, the ALPA president is insisting that the White House release pilot flight-time/duty-time rules and rest requirements, as originally envisioned by Congress, the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the FAA, which encompass all segments of the commercial airline industry.

Click here to tell President Obama we want “One Level of Safety for all airline pilots” and that we’ve waited long enough for a practical, science-based fatigue rule!

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US Airways Express Pilots Discuss Career Portability
Career portability has long been an issue within the pilot profession, especially at the regional level. As flying is transferred from regional to regional in the mainlines’ eternal pursuit of profits, pilots are often the ones left holding the bags. Those who gain flying may experience a short period of growth, while those who lose flying often experience downgrades, displacements, and/or furloughs.

No longer willing to be used as pawns by senior management teams trying to undercut one another for business, ALPA leaders from the US Airways Express Pilots Alliance (USEPA) met last week in Phoenix to continue exploring methods that would promote career stability and portability within the US Airways Express brand. The group focused its discussions on possible transfers of flying and consolidation scenarios within the regional industry, particularly those that may involve carriers within the US Airways Express system. USEPA is composed of pilots from Air Wisconsin, Mesa, Piedmont, Pinnacle, PSA, and Trans States.

Read more.

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What Are Your Kids Doing Next Summer?
The International Youth Exchange’s 2012 Airline Youth Exchange Program is now accepting applications. IYE matches youth ages 14 to 19 with a correspondent of similar age from an airline family abroad. The youths spend two weeks together in your home and two weeks in the home of the match family.

While overseas, your son or daughter has the opportunity to learn about another culture from someone his or her own age. Living with a family abroad for two weeks is an extraordinary way to experience another country.

Exchanges are available to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

For additional information, please go to, or contact Camille Wheeler, IYE program coordinator, at

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Stay Connected
Stay connected with your union, your profession, and your industry by reading Air Line Pilot magazine and watching monthly episodes of The FlightDeck.

Read about useful apps for your smartphone on page 26 of the November issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the tenth installment of The FlightDeck, get some helpful tips on how to avoid bedbugs during your next trip.

Remember that both Air Line Pilot and The FlightDeck can also be accessed from the members-only portion of the ALPA website at

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Other Industry News
Aviation Today announced that Boeing predicts airlines in the Middle East will need 2,530 airplanes, worth $450 billion, by 2030. Read more.

• Also per Aviation Today, Spirit Airlines has announced plans to acquire 75 Airbus A320s. Read more.

• According to The Hill, the chairman of the Senate’s transportation committee, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), is “angry” that there has not been a long-term funding bill for the FAA. Read more.

Wired says two U.S. carriers flew flights powered by biofuel blends last week, but the cost of aviation biofuel remains too high to be a practical option for all flights. Read more.

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D.B. Cooper parachuted from the rear ramp of a skyjacked Northwest B-727 on Nov. 24, 1971, somewhere between Portland, Ore., and Seattle, after collecting $200,000 in ransom. He has never been found.


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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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