ALPA Tech Group Chairs Meet
On March 20–21, ALPA’s Aviation Safety
chair, Capt. Chuck Hogeman (UAL), convened a meeting of the ALPA technical
group chairs in Herndon, Va.
The two-day agenda included individual updates on the groups’ activities; a
presentation on a small, relatively inexpensive collision avoidance system
developed for aircraft without conventional electrical systems, including some
UAS; a discussion of advances in radar developed specifically to detect birds
near airports; planning for the 2012 ALPA Air Safety Forum; reviewing
nominations for safety awards to be presented at the Forum; budget reviews; and
updates to ALPA websites.
Capt. Sean Cassidy, ALPA’s first vice president and national safety
coordinator, actively participated in the meeting. “Busy as I thought my first
year in these positions was, it’s been even busier this year,” he said. “Going
to meetings and events, making lots of contacts, leads to more meetings, events,
Cassidy told the technical group chairs, “Everything
matters—you’re in leadership roles. We’re relying on your skills as diplomats
and communicators to carry line pilots’ agenda and message forward.”
The group chairmen plan to meet next during the week of the ALPA 2012 Air
Safety Forum, to be held August 6–9 in Washington, D.C.
For additional coverage of the meeting, see the May 2012 issue of Air Line