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March 12, 2013

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ALPA Calls for One Level of Safety for Lithium Battery Shipments
Last week, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, urged the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to adopt more stringent regulations over the air transportation of lithium batteries and align them with current International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements. ALPA’s written comments responded to PHMSA’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the air transportation of lithium batteries.

In addition, ALPA released a new primer on the safety considerations of air shipments of lithium batteries. The paper details the deficiencies with current dangerous goods regulations in the United States and offers recommendations for how ICAO and PHMSA can implement additional safeguards.

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Island Air ATRs Take Flight

Island Air pilots have taken to the skies in their new ATR aircraft. The first flight provided passengers with nonstop service from Honolulu to Lihue and was piloted by Captains Michael Yanovitch and C.J. Colburn on Feb. 27.

“This is certainly an exciting time for our company and our pilots,” said Island Air MEC chairman Capt. Monte Vories. “As we look toward the future and the many opportunities these new aircraft will provide, we are hopeful that senior management will capitalize upon those prospects and expand our services in the local marketplace. Island Air has the tools for success, and we expect to be a partner in its plans and share in its returns.”

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SFO Temporary Taxiway Closure
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will close taxiway E between runway 28R and taxiway B from 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13 to 8:00 a.m., Friday, March 15. Taxiway E is a main turnoff from runways 28R and 28L for aircraft parking at International Terminal A and Terminals 1 and 2.

With this turnoff unavailable for aircraft exiting 28R, aircraft will have to take the next available exit, Taxiway T, which is fewer than 500 feet from taxiway E. Aircraft exiting 28L will have high-speed Taxiway J available and if they miss Taxiway J, they will be able to exit on Taxiway D, about 1,000 feet farther downfield, and on additional taxiways beyond D. Crews should be alert to information about the closure on ATIS and NOTAMS.

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Pulse of the Industry
Air Transport Services Group, Inc., recently completed the merger of its two airline subsidiaries, Air Transport International, Inc., and Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. The new ATI will maintain headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., and an operations center in Wilmington, Ohio . . . Air Transat flight attendants have agreed to significant cost cuts for their latest contract . . . Air Wisconsin has announced that Mike McHargue will serve as the new director of Maintenance . . . Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson is opposed to the new TSA policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes . . . FedEx Express is scheduled to deliver two pandas this spring from China to the Toronto Zoo . . . A Spirit Airlines flight, scheduled to fly from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas last week, had to make an emergency landing after a bird strike. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

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Be Prepared
As a pilot, you hope for the best and plan for the worst. But are you adequately prepared outside the cockpit?

ALPA’s Member Insurance Department is here to help you stay current with your ever-changing life circumstances; that’s why we ask for your participation in a brief survey about your preparedness in the event of a life-changing disability.

Take the survey.

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Boeing to Focus Training Efforts in Miami
Boeing plans to move all of its flight training services, including all full-flight simulators, from Seattle to its commercial aviation training campus in Miami. Boeing is consolidating its North American flight and maintenance training operations to better accommodate its customer bases in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

“This is about getting close to our customers, doing what is right for them, and bringing them the best product support and services in the industry,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services.

The first facilities affected by the move will be Boeing’s two 787 training suites.

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Stay in the Loop 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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Atlantic Southeast Airlines was incorporated on March 12, 1979. The carrier began passenger service on June 26.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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