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February 7, 2012

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ALPA to Testify on Value of GPS

Capt. Sean Cassidy, first vice president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, is scheduled to appear tomorrow at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation to talk about the use of the global positioning system (GPS) as a critical element of air transportation safety and infrastructure.

Last June, ALPA participated in an Aviation Subcommittee hearing titled, “GPS Reliability: A Review of Aviation Industry Performance, Safety Issues, and Avoiding Potential New and Costly Government Burdens.”

The Department of Transportation and FAA currently use GPS technology in a broad variety of surveillance, navigation, safety, and efficiency applications, and GPS reliability has been well tested.

The hearing will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building. Watch a live webcast of the event on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 11:00 a.m. (EST).

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PSA Pilots Chart New Course
At a meeting held on Jan. 26, the PSA MEC elected Capt. Jesse Coeling as MEC chairman, reelected Capt. Curt Ebbert as MEC vice chairman, and reelected F/O Mark Hinczynski as MEC secretary-treasurer.

The primary goal of the MEC is to achieve an industry-leading contract that recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of PSA pilots. The group has been in negotiations since June 2009, and in mediation since Oct. 2011.

To achieve its goal, the MEC will be working to further engage the pilot group in the negotiations process. The MEC will seek input from all levels within the union and will provide opportunities for pilots to speak directly with their elected leaders. The officers are also focused on rebuilding the committee structure and increasing the breadth and depth of their communications program.

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What Do You Know About the New Fatigue Rule?

You’ve heard the news that the new pilot fatigue rule has been issued for U.S. pilots, but how much do you really know about the details?

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to let us know what you know. Go to to participate. We want to hear from you.

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ALPA Cautions Pilots on New Canadian SID/STAR Phraseology
On Feb. 9, Canada will implement new SID/STAR phraseology and procedures. In Canada, pilots must comply with published SID/STAR altitude restrictions, even if a subsequent altitude is given, unless ATC specifically cancels them. This differs from FAA procedures and phraseology, in which any new altitude clearance cancels any previous altitude restriction unless the restriction is restated.

Read ALPA Operations Bulletin 2012-1, issued yesterday, and learn more important details about the differences between FAA and NAV Canada SID/STAR phraseology requirements.

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Stay Connected

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

Find out about the status of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme on page 15 of the January/February issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 12th installment of The FlightDeck, learn how you can protect yourself against deep vein thrombosis.

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
• According to Bloomberg, AMR Corp. wants to remain independent until it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Read more.

• Reuters says biometrics could someday make security lines obsolete. Read more.

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ALPA President Dave Behncke became the first depositor when the ALPA Credit Union opened for business in February 1948.

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