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December 11, 2012

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ALPA Remains Committed to One Level of Safety
Cargo Operations Must Be Included in Flight/Duty Time Rule

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding the release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) cost-benefit analysis.

“After reviewing the FAA supplemental cost-benefit analysis of cargo operations in the new Federation Aviation Regulation (FAR) 117 flight-time/duty-time rule generated in response to the Independent Pilots Association suit, ALPA remains committed to ensuring One Level of Safety for all passenger and cargo operations.

“We believe calculating cost versus benefit based on the absence of an aircraft accident and resulting passenger fatalities is a fallacy, and a severe deficiency in the cost-benefit process. Because cargo aircraft do not carry passengers, it’s not surprising that the cost outweighs the benefit, yet cargo aircraft share the skies and airports with airlines conducting passenger operations. While government has shifted to evaluating safety improvements by eliminating accident precursors in other areas, it chose not to do so in this case. ALPA firmly believes that there is no price tag on the safety of our skies.

“We remain committed to pursuing a fix to the flawed cargo cutout from the new flight-time/duty-time rule, both through regulatory action and pursuit of the Safe Skies Act on Capitol Hill.”

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ALPA Urges FAA to Credit Pilots for Employment, Training Experience

ALPA, joined by Airlines for America and the Regional Airline Association, wrote FAA Acting Administrator Huerta to urge the agency to grant flight-hour credit to current pilots based on their airline training and experience as they draft new regulations to raise certification standards for newly hired airline pilots.

This flexibility is important to ALPA pilots who have been flying for a considerable amount of time, but who may not meet the requirements needed to possess an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate. An ATP certificate will be required by law for all pilots in FAR 121 operations effective August 2, 2013.

Granting experienced and professional pilots credit for their training and employment experience will allow them to qualify for a new “restricted” ATP that will ensure ALPA pilots remain in the air and do not experience a break in employment as a result of the new rules.

ALPA also urged the FAA to act quickly and issue a final rule on the ATP requirement before August 1, 2013. Read the letter.

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Call to Action: Stop New CBP Preclearance Site in Abu Dhabi
The U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) governments are in talks to create a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport—and Etihad Airways’ CEO is “confident” they will succeed. An Abu Dhabi CBP preclearance facility may be great news for state-owned Etihad, but for U.S. pilots, it means just another competitive advantage handed to foreign airlines by flawed U.S. policy.

The good news is that we, as members of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, have the ability to directly influence the decision on this proposal—by contacting the White House and telling the administration that this plan would represent a serious threat to our jobs and the U.S. airline industry.

Read ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak’s letter, which explains why a CBP preclearance site would be a mistake and why your support for this campaign is so crucial.

Participate in this important ALPA Call to Action.

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ALPA President Highlighted in Two Stories
Writer Ted Reed this week profiled ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak in two articles for The Street, the investment and finance news publication. These stories highlight Moak’s partnership efforts regarding his involvement as Delta MEC chair during the Delta/Northwest merger and his role as ALPA president in promoting government policies that stimulate and support the U.S. airline industry.

“We have a pilot partisan agenda, and we are willing to build a coalition with anyone who will work with us on our issues,” said Moak in the latter story. “We do our best work when we bring our own executive team, government, industry, and labor together—that is how you get things done in Washington.”

Read “How Lee Moak Changed the Airline Industry” and “What Lee Moak Learned in Washington.”

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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 the St. Louis Business Journal, leaders from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, the union representing Boeing’s 23,000 engineers, say a strike is likely. Read more.

The Financial reports that the International Air Transport Association released an industry traffic forecast showing that airlines expect to welcome some 3.6 billion passengers in 2016. That’s about 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers carried by airlines in 2011. Read more.

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Stay Connected
Stay connected with your union, your profession, and your industry by reading Air Line Pilot and watching monthly episodes of The FlightDeck.

Check out our second annual “swimsuit” issue on page 19 of the December issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 20th installment of The FlightDeck, learn what issues make this year’s National Transportation Safety Board Most Wanted List.

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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’Tis the Season
When making charitable donations this holiday season, please remember your fellow pilots in need and make a contribution to the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund. As the end of the year is just around the corner, don’t forget that donations to AERF are tax-deductible in the United States.

Because AERF provides for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters, your donations make a tremendous difference in helping these fellow members begin to put their lives in order.

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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On Dec. 13, 1957, then ALPA president Clarence Sayen met with Civil Aviation Authority officials to discuss ways that ALPA pilots might participate in the certification of new transport aircraft.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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