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May 3, 2012

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ALPA Comments on Proposed Pilot Qual Reqs
Late last week, ALPA submitted comments to the FAA outlining its views on the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on pilot certification and qualification requirements for air carrier operations. This NPRM was developed in response to new laws regarding airline pilot training and qualification contained in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216).

ALPA’s comments support the NPRM, but they also call on the agency to prescribe a regulatory path that will permit non-ATP certificated pilots who presently fly for a Part 121 carrier to obtain the ATP certificate, and type rating for the aircraft that they operate, without creating a break in employment or an undue burden for them or their employers.

If enacted as proposed, the NPRM will create new certification rules for pilots in air carrier operations which will require that:

  • a second in command in Part 121 operations hold an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate and a type rating for the aircraft to be flown;
  • pilots with an aviation degree and flight training obtained through an accredited college/university or military pilot experience be allowed to obtain an ATP certificate with restricted privileges with 1,000 or 750 hours total time, respectively;
  • a PIC have at least 1,000 flight hours in air carrier operations in order to serve as a pilot in command in Part 121 air carrier operations;
  • pilot applicants for an ATP have at least 50 hours of multiengine flight experience; and
  • pilot applicants for an ATP complete a new, FAA-approved ATP certification training program that includes academic training and flight simulation device training, all tailored toward Part 121 airline operations.

ALPA actively participated on the aviation rulemaking committee that developed many of the recommendations contained in the NPRM. Read ALPA’s comments in full.

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TSA Security Alert
The Transportation Security Administration notified ALPA this week that the U.S. government has confirmed that terrorists continue to show an interest in targeting aviation-sector facilities and conveyances. In light of the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this week, pilots should remain alert for any indication that terrorists may use new methods in their attempts to thwart security measures.

As encouraged by the Department of Homeland Security, “If you see something, say something.” Please report any suspicious activity to local and federal law enforcement authorities and to your MEC Security Committees and/or coordinators.

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What’s In Store for NextGen?
The FAA’s Authorization Act, passed earlier this year, included updated plans for NextGen implementation, but what is the agency specifically doing to improve the NAS, you ask?

The FAA, in March, issued a publication outlining its plans for this year’s many operational improvements and the progress made to date. Find out how NextGen will integrate new and existing technologies, policies, and procedures to reduce delays, save fuel, and lower aircraft exhaust emissions.

Go to

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Pilots Needed for Study at FAA Technical Center
The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City, N.J., is conducting a study called Aircraft Access to System Wide Information Management (SWIM), which would give aircraft access to the same information the FAA uses to make its air traffic management decisions. SWIM access is intended to increase common situational awareness among National Airspace System (NAS) users. The SWIM information would be provided to the aircraft via an electronic flight bag.

The study will be conducted in the FAA’s Airbus 320 simulator. The FAA needs airline pilots—Airbus experience is preferred but not required—for one day between May 15 and May 31. Participation will take approximately 8 hours.

There is no compensation or expense reimbursement for participating, but participation will aid in providing this information to pilots in the cockpit. If interested, please contact Hal Olson at 609-204-7044 or Albert Rehmann at

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We Want Photos from the Line

We want to see what you see, so share your pictures from the line. Air Line Pilot encourages you to submit your high-quality prints from a developer or high-resolution digital images. Your photo could be featured on the cover of a future magazine!

Send your photos for the magazine to

In addition, more and more pilot-submitted photos are gracing ALPA’s Facebook page these days. Submit your best pictures of flying the line to, and see them posted at

Whether snapping shots for Air Line Pilot or Facebook, please adhere to the appropriate FARs, CARs, and company policy. Thanks!

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Other Industry News

• In the Calgary Herald, Canada will not bend to Europe’s aviation emissions trading system, Transport Minister Denis Lebel said Wednesday. Read more.

• According to the Chicago Tribune, Boeing has designed a new winglet for its upcoming 737 MAX, a step the plane maker says will result in additional fuel savings of up to 1.5 percent beyond the 10–12 percent improvement it has said the airplane will deliver. Read more.

• The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Boeing on Tuesday celebrated delivery of the first airline 747-8 Intercontinental—the latest in a series of new airplanes. Read more.

• The Associated Press reports that the Emirates CEO sees room for more U.S. destinations. Read more.

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On May 10, 1934, the U.S. National Labor Board issued Decision 83, setting a maximum flying time for airline pilots at 85 hours per month, and setting base pay for airline pilots at $1,600 per year. Hourly and mileage pay increments were also provided.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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