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March 29, 2012

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ALPA Urges U.S. Action on EU-ETS
ALPA first vice president Capt. Sean Cassidy yesterday participated in a congressional roundtable discussion, urging the administration and Congress to block U.S. participation in the EU’s emissions trading scheme. The timing of the congressional roundtable coincided with an opinion piece in Tuesday’s USA Today by ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak with A4A President Nick Calio, opposing the EU-ETS.

“Our companies are under tremendous market pressure to reduce fuel consumption and emissions so they may continue to compete in the world market,” Cassidy told roundtable attendees. “Being greener leads to a better bottom line, so they do not need any artificial incentives to urge them to make the best possible use of every gallon of jet fuel they purchase.”

ALPA opposes the EU-ETS as it further taxes the airline industry, reduces the ability of U.S. airlines to invest in emission-reduction technology, and violates U.S. sovereignty. In addition to Cassidy’s roundtable participation, Moak met with White House officials on Tuesday, asking them to file an Article 84 complaint against the EU to challenge the legality of the scheme.

Also attending the congressional roundtable were representatives from the House Aviation Subcommittee, the Department of Transportation, the FAA, the Department of State, and the U.S. airline industry.

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Nagel Elected EVP
As of yesterday, Capt. Mark Nagel (PCL) became the ALPA executive vice president for Subgroup B4. His term of office continues until December 31, 2012.

Nagel is also chairman of ALPA’s Membership Committee and previously served as chairman of the Mesaba MEC.

Nagel fills the vacancy left by Capt. Mark Segaloff, who resigned on March 10 when he left Pinnacle Airlines.


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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.

Learn how to maximize your Social Security benefits on page 48 of the April issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 13th installment of The FlightDeck, watch highlights from this year’s ALPA Leadership Training Conference.

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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Oppose Cuts to FFDO Program!
President Obama’s 2013 budget blueprint cut the funding for the FFDO program by more than half and also cut $36 million from the FAMS program. This is unsatisfactory and needs to be remedied. While the House of Representatives unanimously rejected the president’s budget proposal yesterday, it is still critical that pilots communicate the importance of the FFDO program to their legislators. Members of Congress must now proceed with the drafting of the FY13 spending bills, and need to hear directly from pilots that the FFDO program needs to be fully funded. Please take a moment to participate in this Call to Action today.

The FFDO program is a critical and cost-efficient airline security program staffed by thousands of fully trained and deputized ALPA pilots who volunteer their time to become qualified FFDOs, contributing personal and professional sacrifices to secure our flight decks. In light of its already barely adequate funding levels, any budget reduction to the FFDO program could very well lead to its ultimate demise. Tell your representative today to oppose cuts to the FFDO and FAMS in the FY2013 budget.

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Huerta Nominated to Lead FAA
U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Michael Huerta to serve as FAA administrator. Huerta has been acting administrator since December and previously served as the agency’s deputy administrator.

“I am very pleased that President Obama has nominated him to lead the FAA as the next administrator,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Michael Huerta has stepped up to the plate and done an exemplary job in leading the largest and safest aviation system in the world.”

In addition to several private-sector positions, Huerta was chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1997 to 1998 and associate deputy secretary in the Office of Intermodalism at the DOT from 1992 to 1997.

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Jason Dahl Scholarship Accepting Applications
Capt. Jason Dahl was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11 when his life was tragically taken. His wife, Sandy (a United flight attendant), and friends started the Capt. Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund to keep Jason’s love of flying and memory alive!

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply, go to To be considered, you must be a full-time student at an accredited university and must be majoring in aviation, with an emphasis in pilot-related studies.

All entrees must be submitted by Thursday, April 12, so apply now.

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Other Industry News
• According to LogisticsWeek, Airbus plans to invest nearly two billion euros in environmental research and development this year. Read more.

• The Orange County Register reports that four airlines have moved to different terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. Read more.

• says NASA’s Ames Research Center will host a virtual institute to solicit innovative ideas to address technological challenges facing the air transportation system. Read more.

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On March 31, 1931, Knute Rockne, considered one of college football’s greatest coaches, died in the crash of a Transcontinental Air Transport F-10A in Kansas. The accident prompted the aeronautics branch of the U.S. Commerce Department to pull the aircraft from commercial service. This was the first such grounding in U.S. history.

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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.

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