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November 13, 2012

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UAL, CAL MECs Send TA to Pilots for Ratification Vote
The United and Continental MECs have voted to accept a tentative agreement on a joint collective bargaining agreement reached with United Continental Holdings, Inc. The agreement now goes before the pilots for a ratification vote.

UAL MEC chairman Capt. Jay Heppner and CAL MEC chairman Capt. Jay Pierce said the following in a joint statement:

“With this step, we are closer to a new contract that will provide gains in compensation, work rules, job protections, and retirement and benefits for our pilots and their families. We will finally begin to see the benefits of the merger that were promised to us and an end to the concessionary and bankruptcy-era contracts we have lived and worked under for more than a decade.

“This agreement represents years of determination and unity demonstrated by the pilots of both airlines during the two-and-a-half years of negotiations for a new contract following the merger announcement. Pilots from both United and Continental Airlines will now determine whether this agreement addresses their contributions to the success of the airline.”

Read more.

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ALPA Applauds House Passage of EU ETS Prohibition Act
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, applauds passage of the bipartisan Thune-McCaskill European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) Prohibition Act (S. 1956) by the U.S. House of Representatives today. S. 1956 provides the U.S. Secretary of Transportation with the authority to prohibit U.S. carriers from participating in the EU ETS. The legislation will now be sent to the president.

“We urge President Obama to swiftly sign this bill into law. By doing so, he will protect U.S. air carriers from paying an illegal tax and safeguard American jobs and the sovereignty of our nation,” said ALPA president, Capt. Lee Moak. “We thank members of Congress for supporting this bill, which will allow the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO] to focus its efforts on creating a global solution to reducing aircraft emissions.”

Under the EU ETS, all airlines using EU airports would be required to pay significant taxes for each ton of carbon used over historical emissions. The EU ETS could cost U.S. carriers an estimated $3.1 billion over the next 10 years, which could lead to lost airline jobs.

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DPCF Contribution from SMRA Refund
In August 2012, the Delta MEC voted to refund a substantial portion of the Special MEC Reserve Account to the Delta pilots. The SMRA refund represents a return of over $7 million of those dues, while demonstrating the MEC’s confidence that it will continue to remain financially well prepared to face any challenges that may lie ahead.

Pilots were offered the opportunity to donate any portion of their refunds to the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund. In total, the Delta pilots contributed $50,911.61 to the fund. The DPCF was formed in 1999 by Delta pilots and supports nonprofits that provide services to children primarily in areas where Delta pilots work and live.

Since its inception, the DPCF has donated over $1 million to over 50 children’s charities. The charity is managed and funded entirely by Delta pilots and their fund-raising efforts.

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ALPA Responds to Seasonal Employment of Foreign Pilots in Canada
ALPA issued the following response to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) release this week of two decisions. The CTA confirmed that Sunwing Airlines Inc. operates within Canada’s foreign ownership and control limits. The agency also approved Sunwing’s application for wet lease of foreign aircraft and pilots through spring 2013.

“The Canadian Transportation Agency’s recent decisions confirming that Sunwing Airlines continues to be controlled by Canadians and approving the airline’s application to use foreign flight crews and aircraft on a seasonal basis underscore a growing concern in the Canadian airline industry.

“While we respect the CTA’s decision on ownership, the fact of the matter is that for this winter season, more than half of Sunwing’s pilots will be foreign, and two-thirds of their aircraft will be leased from abroad.”

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ASO Plans for Improved Training Programs in 2013

The ALPA Air Safety Organization (ASO) conducted a two-day workshop in ALPA’s Herndon conference center November 6–7 to review the curricula of all ASO-sponsored training courses and prepare for the 2013 training year. Fifteen pilot instructors—representing ALPA’s Safety, Security, and Pilot Assistance disciplines, and Engineering and Air Safety department staff—collaborated in an effort to ensure the quality, efficiency, and integration of all their training events for the coming year.

As part of this review, ALPA’s Safety Two School (STS) course curriculum was reviewed by subject matter experts with a focus on Safety Management Systems (SMS), the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), and central air safety chairman (CASC) duties.

The group agreed to separate the current STS content into two separate training events. The STS course will remain available to central air safety chairmen, local air safety chairmen, technical group leaders, and project team leaders, and continue to provide them with a foundation in the administrative and managerial skills needed to efficiently and effectively lead safety representatives.

A new Risk Management Course (RMC) course will further familiarize experienced safety representatives with current safety reporting programs, such as SMS, ASAP, and FOQA, and provide them with the functional knowledge required to work successfully with management and regulatory representatives in the areas of hazard identification and risk management. The RMC is currently planned to be offered in the spring of 2013.

ASO pilot reps and Engineering and Air Safety staff meet to discuss 2013 training.

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Thank You, AERF Supporters! More Help Is Needed
The ALPA Emergency Relief Fund (AERF) pilot directors wish to thank those pilots and staff who have answered the call for donations to help ALPA members and their families adversely affected by Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. AERF has raised thousands of dollars in recent weeks thanks to your gracious support, but more aid is needed as those who live in the affected areas continue to recover from the storm’s effects.

AERF pilot directors have been in contact with ALPA members whose homes are devastated. Others continue to have no clean water or electricity. Because AERF provides for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to these kinds of widespread disasters, your donations make a tremendous difference in helping these fellow members begin to put their lives in order.

If you recently donated to AERF, thank you! Your support means the world to the affected pilots and their families. If you have yet to act, please make a contribution today. Requests for grants are rapidly eroding this important ALPA benefit, and new requests for assistance continue to pour in.

To make a donation, please visit Remember that contributions are tax-deductible in the United States. Watch a brief video about the importance of AERF and how it helped an ALPA family in need.

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In the Latest Air Line Pilot
Find out what decisive action was taken at the 44th ALPA Board of Directors meeting. Check out the ride on a new Boeing 787 from a passenger’s seat. Read what effect the replacement refs had during the opening games on this National Football League season. Plus, learn about the ALPA Engineering and Safety Department’s Accident Investigation Lab.

All of this and more is in the November 2012 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine. Grab your copy or read the magazine online today.

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IFALPA Leaflet Addresses Cosmic Radiation
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (of which ALPA is a member) adopted a new policy on cosmic radiation at its annual conference earlier this year.

Our solar cycle is now moving into a period of increased activity, with the peak estimated in 2013. In preparation, IFALPA has issued a medical briefing leaflet to inform airline pilots about the facts and myths surrounding cosmic radiation.

Read the IFALPA medical briefing leaflet.

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Weigh In on Solar Glare
An FAA-funded survey is being conducted under the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s (ACRP) Guidebook for Energy Facilities’ Compatibility with Airports and Airspace Project #02-38. The purpose of the survey is to obtain empirical information from pilots on the sources of solar glare and their effects.

The survey should take you only five minutes to complete, and your answers are confidential. Take the survey.

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Get the Scoop! Read “ALPA Daily”
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The new “ALPA Daily” feature at will keep you informed of the latest industry developments and analysis from around the globe. Check it out each day to stay up-to-date on the news that affects pilots and the piloting profession.

ALPA members can sign up to receive ALPA Daily in their e-mail:

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MSN Money asks the question “Is the U.S. airline industry facing an impending shortage of qualified pilots?” Read the answer.

According to Australian Aviation magazine, Airbus deliveries reached an all-time year-to-date record at the end of October with 462 aircraft delivered to 76 customers. Read more.

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The ALPA Board of Directors held its 14th Convention November 5–12, 1956. During this week, the BOD extended the ALPA president’s term of office from two to four years. The group reelected Clarence Sayen to a third term as ALPA president, established the annual Air Safety Award for “outstanding contribution by members in the field of air safety,” and created a committee to investigate safety concerns related to the transportation of hazardous materials.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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