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March 15, 2012

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Download KCM Info to Your Smartphone!
For iPhone and Android users, the ALPA Mobile app has been updated to provide information about the Known Crewmember (KCM) program. The KCM portion of the app includes details on participating airports and screening locations, and participating airlines, as well as an FAQ guide and a list of press releases.

The ALPA Mobile app is available for download in iTunes and the Android Market.

Click here for more information.



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Secretary-Treasurers’ Conference Concludes
The annual Secretary-Treasurers’ Conference of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, wound down today with presentations on company-paid flight pay loss, merger assessment and funding issues, and the latest offerings from the Information Technology and Services Department.

In a segment yesterday addressing dues dollars, ALPA vice president–finance and meeting moderator Capt. Randy Helling stressed, “While our financial situation has stabilized in recent years, it is by no means robust.” In his various presentations, he repeated the secretary-treasurer mantra to “live within your budget.”

During the course of the three-day program, conference attendees learned about the policies and nuances of managing the union’s resources, legal considerations, and the professional staff members to contact when they have questions, all while networking with their peers from other member airlines.

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Controllers Extend Current Contract
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), representing 15,000 controllers, announced yesterday that it has reached a deal with the FAA to extend its existing contract for another four years.

Controllers will receive the same pay raises as other federal government employees (as opposed to independently negotiated raises), and current work rules will not change.

The most recent NATCA contract was ratified in 2009. With this latest decision, the collective bargaining agreement now runs through June 2016.

In a joint statement, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi said that this agreement serves both organizations.

Congrats to our fellow AFL-CIO members on their contract extension!

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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 the effects of the FAA reauthorization bill on the Railway Labor Act and the National Mediation Board on page 20 of the March issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 13th installment of The FlightDeck, get an update on why the U.S. Export-Import Bank is running into some funding problems.

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 the Dubai Chronicle, Emirates Airlines will begin service between Dubai International Airport and Washington’s Dulles International Airport beginning this September. Read more.

USA Today reports that airline passengers who are at least 75 years old will be able to keep their shoes and light jackets on at security checkpoints at four airports starting Monday. Read more.

Air Transport World says the FAA recently announced that the U.S. commercial-aircraft fleet shrank to 7,185 by the end of 2011. Read more.

• Per the Wall Street Journal, on-time arrivals by U.S. airlines rose sharply in January over the year earlier, according to data from the Department of Transportation. Hawaiian Airlines was the most on-time carrier in January with a 91.2 percent punctuality rate. Read more.

• According to TheStreet, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will begin gate and runway improvements to handle the Airbus A380, which Korean Air plans to fly there as soon as January 2013. Read more.

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At a latitude of 78.208885, Svalbard Airport (LYR, serving Svalbard, Norway) is the northernmost airport in the world with scheduled passenger service.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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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.

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