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May 31, 2012

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In This Issue:

Moak Lauds Ex-Im Bank Reforms
Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, commended yesterday’s passage of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012, which includes important reforms to safeguard U.S. airlines and their employees from the bank’s financing of aircraft to overseas airlines.

“This legislation contains new protections and greater accountability,” said Moak, adding that “U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to give foreign carriers the competitive advantage.”

The Ex-Im Bank, the U.S. government’s export credit agency, provides financing assistance to foreign buyers of U.S.-produced goods, often at below-market prices. Boeing, one of the bank’s principal clients, has used the bank’s financing to sell dozens of wide-body aircraft to foreign carriers, providing these organizations with a distinct operational edge and putting U.S. airlines and their employees at risk.

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We Want to Hear from You
If you have not participated in the All-Member ALPA Survey, please take a moment to share your interests and priorities. The survey will require approximately 20 minutes of your time.

Remember that your feedback will help us improve the communications, resources, and services we provide to each and every member.

Please note that if you have already participated in the phone poll, you will not be eligible for the online survey.

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F/O Holt Dies in Small Plane Accident
F/O Tanner Holt, son of ExpressJet president Brad Holt, died in a small plane accident at St. George Airport, Utah, on Saturday, May 26. The plane took off at 1:20 a.m. and crashed shortly afterward, killing all four people on board.

Tanner began his flying career at Comair Airlines, but was furloughed in October 2008. Since then, he has flown for GoJet Airlines.

Memorial receptions will be held from 6:00–8:00 p.m. tonight at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., in St. George; and Friday, June 1, 9:30–10:30 a.m., at the Washington Fields Stake Center, 1450 South 3000 East, in Washington, Utah. The funeral will follow the Washington Fields Stake Center service, starting at 11:00 a.m.

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ALPA to Testify on EU ETS

As ALPA first vice president Capt. Sean Cassidy prepares to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee next Wednesday regarding ALPA’s opposition to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), EU carbon markets show large increases in volume and volatility. Additionally, the Council of the European Union released its conclusions from its recent Financial Affairs Council meeting.

In the statement, the council “encourages the EU and its member states to further engage effectively in negotiations in ICAO and IMO to support carbon pricing schemes, which primarily incentivise mitigation and also have the potential to generate revenue,” which confirms ALPA’s belief that the EU is largely motivated to implement the ETS to confiscate revenue from North American carriers.

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ALPA to Host Pilot Training Conference

Plan to attend “Evolution of Safety Through Pilot Training” on July 12 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. This one-day conference will explore the many facets of developing and maintaining the most critical component of airline safety, a well-trained pilot.

The FAA’s acting administrator and ALPA’s president will lead a distinguished list of aviation leaders from regulators, airlines, academia, and subject matter experts, who will inform attendees about the latest advances in pilot recruitment and qualifications, training technologies, training programs, and much more.

For more information and to register, visit

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NATCA Supports Cooperative Relationship with FAA
National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to a collaborative relationship with the FAA and modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS) during testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation on Thursday.

While Rinaldi emphasized the collaborative relationship, he stressed to the Subcommittee that facility realignments must be part of a comprehensive plan and must be accomplished with inclusion of the agency’s frontline workforce and without compromising safety and efficiency, reducing services, or increasing the cost of the NAS.

“It is NATCA’s position that realignments should be implemented only when the realignment has a clear objective, quantifiable efficiency gains, and a sound business case evaluating each proposal,” said Rinaldi. “While realignment may play a role in modernizing facilities with NextGen capabilities, realignments and automation upgrades are two separate issues. Automation systems can be housed in any type of building whether they have been realigned or not.”

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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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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 issues discussed and decisions made at the 110th regular ALPA Executive Board meeting on page 21 of the May issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 16th installment of The FlightDeck, follow along as our crew takes a personal tour of the 787 cockpit and crew rest facilities.

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 USA Today, a B-747 cargo plane clipped the tail of an American Eagle Embraer E140 Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare. Read more.

• Per CNN, Canadian authorities are investigating reports that debris fell from a troubled airliner Monday and caused damage to vehicles in southern Ontario. Read more.

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Want to know what ALPA lobbyists and pilot representatives are discussing with our elected officials in Washington and Ottawa? Check out the Pilot Partisan Agenda and learn how the Association’s Government Affairs team is working every day to protect your interests, future, and livelihood. Go to and find out what’s on today’s agenda.

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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.

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

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