View this message on the Web.

News from ALPA International

December 15, 2011

RSS Feeds

The FlightDeck

In This Issue:

Annual Cleveland Event a Tremendous Success
Cleveland was the place to be last weekend as ALPA pilots from CommutAir, Continental, and ExpressJet gathered for the third annual Joint LEC Meeting. With more than 100 people in attendance, this highly anticipated event was a tremendous success. Pilots and their families received updates on base-specific issues while enjoying great food, fun activities, and socializing with their fellow ALPA brethren.

The event kicked off with brief updates by local union leaders on what was happening within each of the pilot groups. Capt. Bill Couette (EGL), vice president–administration of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, provided an overview of the issues at the national level and talked about how pilots can make their voices heard. The group also received an electronic message from Capt. John Prater (CAL), former ALPA president, who helped establish the joint event in 2009. The Cleveland LECs of CAL 172, CMT 152, and XJT 176 then met separately to conduct council-specific business.

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event. All ALPA pilots and their family members are invited to attend the fourth annual Joint LEC Meeting. It’s currently scheduled for December 15, 2012, at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Lakewood, Ohio.

Return to top

The FlightDeck: Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit with The FlightDeck! On this episode, find helpful holiday travel information and tips on how you can cope with the stress of the season; plus, industry news featuring the latest investments from the Middle East and coverage from ALPA’s Canada Board meeting; then, a heartwarming story of holiday giving with United’s Fantasy Flight.

Watch us on your way home for the holidays by signing up for our video podcast, available on iTunes.

Tell us what you think about our holiday edition at, and don’t forget to send in your pilot group’s holiday traditions of giving back. We could cover your story next!

Return to top

Animated Holiday Videos Aren’t Just for Kids
To help put you in the winter holiday spirit, take a moment to watch A Very NextGen Christmas, a humorous video that highlights how a new NextGen procedure—had it been available—could have reduced delays from 3 hours to 45 minutes on Christmas Eve 2009. The video is a product of the partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Visit to see this production and other fun holiday items like NORAD’s Santa tracker and the FAA’s North Pole flight plan.

Return to top

Take the Survey
ALPA’s Government Affairs Department and Political Action Committee play vital roles in influencing legislative and regulatory decisions that determine national air transportation policy. Call to Action programs provide ALPA members with a chance to contact their elected public officials and voice their opinions . . . but how familiar are you with these Association efforts?

Please take a moment to complete a six-question survey and tell us what you think about these and other Government Affairs issues. We want to hear from you.

Return to top

Other Industry News
• Bloomberg’s Businessweek reports that Airbus plans to hire another 4,000 workers next year as it increases production and recruits engineers for the A350. Read more.

• Also in Businessweek, FedEx Corp. posted a quarterly profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Read more.

• Per the Telegraph, KLM offers passengers the chance to choose who they sit next to using Facebook. Read more.

Return to top


On December 31, 1980, the U.S. airline industry ended the year with no major-carrier fatal accidents, one of best safety records ever reported to date.



Return to top

Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
Questions or comments on this FastRead? Give us your feedback at

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

Return to top

Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20036 | 703-689-2270