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January 29, 2013

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DOT Secretary Stepping Down
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that he will be stepping down from his post once a successor is confirmed by the Senate. In a statement he made earlier today, the former Republican Illinois congressman said, “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of you, and I’m confident that DOT will continue to achieve great things in the future.”

During his presentation, LaHood acknowledged the new pilot fatigue rule and NextGen improvements, noting, “We have put aviation on a sounder footing with the FAA reauthorization.”

ALPA thanks Mr. LaHood for his years of service and looks forward to working with the next DOT secretary.

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ALPA Leaders’ Boot Camp with the Best in the Business

One third of the Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, headed to Herndon this week for the Leadership Training Conference, an annual event designed to prepare newly elected leaders for representing their pilots at a super-service level with the aid of the Association’s vast resources.

ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak addressed the attendees on Monday and answered questions about the challenges the union faces in the ever-changing aviation industry. “What’s coming is globalization,” Moak said. “Local is important. But what’s happening globally will affect the profession.”

Moak covered ALPA’s goals for the years ahead, including leveling the playing field and promoting one level of safety for all airline pilots. He challenged the newest union reps to make the tough decisions that will position the North American airline industry well in the global marketplace.

Read more.

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HAL Pilots Approve Narrowbody Letter of Agreement
Hawaiian Airlines pilots have approved a letter of agreement that will enable the carrier to add a completely new aircraft type to its fleet and become more flexible and competitive in the fast-growing Pacific market.

The new Narrowbody LOA, ratified by an 83-percent margin, will help bring state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Airbus A321 NEOs to Hawaiian by 2017. The A321s will bridge the gap between HAL’s smaller Boeing B717 airliners and its large Boeing B767 and Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.

“We’re pleased that our pilots see the value in bringing this new aircraft type into our fleet,” said HAL MEC chairman Capt. Rick Horne. “This agreement will create nearly 300 more pilot jobs, allow our current pilots to upgrade faster, and make our airline stronger.”

Read more.

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CAL MEC Reelects Officers
In a regularly scheduled meeting held this week in Chicago, the Continental MEC reelected Capt. Jay Pierce as MEC chairman, F/O Doug Marotta as vice chairman, and Capt. Randy Hodge as secretary-treasurer. Said Capt. Pierce, “I am honored to continue to serve our pilots in a fourth term as chairman of the Master Executive Council for Continental pilots. We have accomplished a significant amount during my six and a half years as chairman, including recalls of all of our furloughees, working to bring hiring opportunities to our fellow United furloughees, and negotiating a joint contract designed to meet the needs of all our pilots. However, the work is not done.

“I, in conjunction with F/O Marotta and Capt. Hodge, look forward to doing our part with implementation of our new contract, in bringing the Continental and United pilots together as a single, unified group and in completing the other important work still to be done on behalf of the Continental pilots,” he concluded.

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ALPA Education Committee Hits Triple with ACE Clubs
The student-led ALPA ACE Clubs are well represented as the spring semester begins at the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universities– (ERAU) Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. Last week, close to a dozen ALPA Education Committee pilot volunteers kicked off the 2013 spring semester with ACE Club presentations to the aviation students at the schools.

Collectively, over 160 students attended the three universities’ evening events. The presentations for the ACE Clubs ranged from “Excelling on the HR Portion of Your Interview” at UND to “Go/No Go Decision Making” at ERAU-Daytona, and “How to Get Hired at Delta” at ERAU-Prescott. ALPA pilots visiting UND also stopped into classrooms during the day to share stories with students, while the ALPA booth at ERAU-Daytona was positioned next to the College of Aviation at the activities fair to promote ALPA and the ACE Club.

Read more.

Pictured: The Jan. 23rd Prescott ALPA ACE Club presentation.

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IFALPA Safety Bulletin Explains NY Center Oceanic Clearance Procedures
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) has issued a safety bulletin to address changes to procedures that are used by New York Center to issue oceanic clearances to eastbound aircraft entering Minimum Navigation Performance Standard (MNPS) Airspace. The changes are effective February 5.

As a side note, the FAA has issued NOTAM A0017/13, which also describes these changes.

Read the IFALPA safety bulletin.

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Save the Date—ALPA Government Affairs Leadership Summit
The ALPA Government Affairs Leadership Summit will take place this year on June 4–5 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The summit will provide pilot representatives an opportunity to enhance their advocacy and PAC leadership skills through hands-on training. Participants will gain the tools needed to become effective advocates and to grow participation in ALPA-PAC and grassroots programs within their pilot groups. This is an excellent opportunity and will enhance your legislative/political abilities, regardless of your experience level.

The summit will feature legislative briefings, workshops, guest speakers, and a Capitol Hill reception with members of Congress and staff. The program culminates with a lobby day on Capitol Hill where participants will apply their training in meetings with representatives and senators on a relevant pilot partisan legislative issue.

Please save June 4-5, 2013, on your calendars for this exciting event. More details and information will be coming soon!

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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.

Hear what ALPA Aeromedical advisor Dr. Quay Snyder has to say about hearing loss on page 51 of the January issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 22nd installment of The FlightDeck, find out what airline is the first to serve a U.S. city with twice-daily A380 service.

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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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.

In a USA Today story, TSA Administrator John Pistole talks about the state of U.S aviation security. Read more.

CNN reports that after eight days inspecting the Japanese company that makes the lithium ion batteries linked to problems that have led to the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world, aviation authorities have found no serious problems with the devices. Read more.

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We Want Your Photos
We want to see what you see. Share your pictures from the line, and give us some context (i.e., let us know what we’re looking at).

Air Line Pilot encourages you to submit your high-quality prints from a developer or high-resolution digital images. Your photos could be featured in a future magazine!

Send your photos to Thanks.

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On January 29, 2003, Boeing first publicly announced plans to develop “a 200- to 250-seat airplane that will fly between 7,000 and 8,000 nautical miles.” Initially labeled the 7E7, the aircraft would later become the 787.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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