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March 7, 2013

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ALPA and NATCA Team Up for Aviation Collaboration and Safety
Several ALPA representatives, including ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak, presented at NATCA’s 2013 Communicating for Safety (CFS) Conference this week. The Association’s perspective was universally praised as a positive step toward maintaining lines of communication with the controllers who guide you to your destination every day.

Moak participated on an aviation leadership panel that addressed how collaborative relationships between labor and management throughout the industry contribute to improved aviation safety. “When it comes to safety, we generally agree on 99 percent of everything, and perhaps disagree on 1 percent,” Moak said. “We can’t let that one percent define our relationship. What your members are most interested in is results. This is the time to come together in the aviation industry, labor, and regulatory environment.”

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Registration Now Open for Pilot Assistance Forum, May 7–9
This year’s Pilot Assistance Forum is scheduled for May 7-9, 2013, in ALPA’s conference center in Herndon, Virginia. This three-day event will feature presentations from each of the Pilot Assistance Groups: Aeromedical, Canadian Pilot Assistance, Critical Incident Response Program, Human Intervention and Motivation Study, and Professional Standards. The conference represents an excellent opportunity for new pilot representatives to learn procedures and techniques from more seasoned representatives who will share their experiences and expertise. All pilot assistance representatives are invited to attend the professional standards training event scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

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Want the Scoop on: 787 Dreamliner, Foreign Pilots in Canada, and More? Watch The FlightDeck.
Hear how dozens of pilot reps headed to Herndon, Virginia in January to attend ALPA ground school. Find out what controllers have to say about what it’s like to manage air traffic on a daily basis. Hear the latest on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner investigation. Plus, find out what ALPA Canada Board President Dan Adamus has to say about some Canadian airlines using foreign pilots to augment their rosters on a seasonal basis.

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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Be in the Know with “ALPA Daily”
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The “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.

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Check Out Union Plus for Product and Service Discounts
The AFL-CIO created Union Privilege in 1986 to provide union members and their families with valuable consumer benefits. With Union Plus benefits, your union membership “pays” at work and at home.

By using the collective buying power of unions, we are able to offer valuable, discounted products and services exclusively to working families.

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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!

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Teens Learn About Other Cultures by Taking Part in IYE
Many of today’s teens are very interested in international travel and having the chance to learn more about other cultures. These young people are the ideal candidates for an International Youth Exchange (IYE)—a program designed specifically for airline families.

Here is how the exchange works: IYE matches kids, ages 14–19, with a similarly aged youth in another country. Using the family airline benefits, participants travel to spend two weeks in each other’s homes—most often over summer break.

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On March 8, 1974, Charles De Gaulle Airport serving Paris opened after eight years of planning and construction.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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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.

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