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November 29, 2012

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ALPA Welcomes French Court Decision on Concorde Accident
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l issued the following statement regarding the French court decision today to overturn previous convictions against Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics in relation to the Air France Concorde accident in 2000:

“ALPA welcomes the French court’s decision today. It recognizes that the only way our industry can do everything possible to prevent such a tragedy from happening again is not through criminalization of professional human error, but by strongly encouraging the exchange of safety information essential to detecting hazards before accidents occur.

“Threatening criminal prosecution of airline industry professionals, who only seek to perform their jobs while maintaining the highest levels of safety, will discourage the data sharing that forms the foundation of a proactive safety culture designed to address safety risks before they lead to incidents or accidents.

“ALPA mourns the loss of our colleagues and all who perished in the accident. Our industry must ensure that their legacy is one of enhanced safety for all who depend on air transportation. Our success in that effort depends on a safety culture focused not on assigning blame but on preventing accidents.”

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KCM Use Passes 2 Million Mark
Alternative security screening of pilots at Known Crewmember access points recently surpassed the two million mark. Current crewmember throughput at 68 active access points sited at 28 airports averages 99,450 per week, 14,200 per day, and 3,552 per airport each week. Planning is underway to add even more airports in 2013.

Pilots are reminded to register and use KCM barcode cards/tags upon receipt of them from their respective airlines. The cards/tags significantly help expedite the process of clearing pilots through KCM. Go to to register the card/tags.

For more information, please visit

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Attention Kids’ Sports Coaches (and Wannabes)
Have you heard about Kids Playing for Kids? This charitable organization was featured in the December 2011 issue of Air Line Pilot and provides children with life-threatening medical conditions the chance to play on sports teams with kids their own age. The child with the condition gets to participate in a sport he or she may have only dreamed of playing and the other members of the team learn about the importance of helping others.

The brainchild of FDX F/O Jan Tavrytzky, Kids Playing for Kids has had tremendous success, and the organization is looking for volunteers to promote new programs in their communities. If you would like to learn more about this tremendous organization, visit and download a brochure.

When you’re ready to take the next step, contact Coach Tav at or call (623) 202-5365 and find out how you can get involved.

The Kids Playing for Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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What’s The FlightDeck? Watch It and Find Out
Learn what’s on the National Transportation Safety Board’s Most Wanted List. Find out what action Congress is taking in response to the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme. Hear how a U.S. bankruptcy court responded to Pinnacle Airlines management’s 1113 motion. Plus, learn what you can do to manage eye strain.

Remember that you can sign up for our video podcasts of The FlightDeck via iTunes.

Tell us what you think about this latest edition at We also welcome your suggestions for future stories.

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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:

Visit this link.
• Log in with your ALPA member number and password.
• Select “E-mail Distribution Lists.”
• Check the box for “ALPA Daily.”
• Submit your request.

According to Yahoo! Finance, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities has announced the appointment of Gary Drouin to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. Read more.

The Aero-News Network reports that President Obama on Tuesday signed into law a measure to stop the United States’ participation in a costly European Union (EU) scheme to impose an emissions tax on American and other nations’ aircraft operators and air carriers, the EU-ETS. Read more.

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Photos for Facebook
Submit your best pictures of flying the line to, and see them posted at

When snapping shots for Facebook, please adhere to the appropriate FARs, CARs, and company policy. Thanks!

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Union Plus Offers Legal Advice
Looking for legal advice? Union Plus provides assistance to help you prepare for even the most stressful times. Legal tips are only a click away. Visit today for more information.

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On Nov. 24, 1971, legendary outlaw D.B. Cooper parachuted from the lowered rear ramp of a skyjacked Northwest Airlines B-727into the night sky somewhere between Seattle and Reno, after collecting $200,000 in ransom . . . and has never been found.

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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.

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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