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March 14, 2013

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Senate to Vote on CBP Abu Dhabi Preclearance Amendment

As part of legislation to fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2013, the Senate will consider an amendment that will prohibit third-party reimbursement for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services. ALPA strongly supports this amendment, introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), as it will prohibit the U.S. from seeking reimbursement from the UAE to build a new preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi.

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CMT MEC Ratifies LOA to Assist Low-Time Pilots
Low-time pilots concerned that they may not remain qualified to fly under pending FAA regulations are now able to gain flight time faster under a new letter of agreement ratified by CommutAir and the CMT MEC of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. A new FAA requirement that pilots have 1,500 hours of flight time to be employed in Part 121 service is currently scheduled to take effect on August 1.

“As one of the smaller regional turboprop airlines, we have a number of low-time pilots who have recently entered the industry. It makes good professional and economic sense to the MEC and the company to help our pilots retain currency by making sure they meet the 1,500-hour threshold,” said CMT MEC Chairman John Bassett.

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MAG ALPA Collaborates with Local NATCA
MAG ALPA teamed up with the local National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) this week for aviation collaboration and safety as part of an Association-wide effort educating airline pilots about the ATC system and facilities. The pilot leaders met with Jerry Johnson, who serves as the president for the local NATCA unit in Phoenix, during their spring MEC meeting.

Meeting participants talked about issues affecting pilots flying in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), as well as events happening around the system. Topics included the clearances and procedures from air traffic controllers, the automated terminal information system, runway lights, and the effects sequestration will have on air travel in Arizona and elsewhere. This segued into a lighter discussion on how takeoffs and landings at PHX always seem to be into the sun.

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FDX Takes Lead in PAC Participation
The official tally of ALPA-PAC contributions is in for the first two months of 2013! FedEx Express has taken over as the leading MEC by participation (followed closely by UAL and DAL). Here are the top five MECs by participation as of March 1:

FDX – 19.4 percent
UAL – 18.7 percent
DAL – 18.6 percent
ALA – 14.6 percent
SPA – 11.4 percent

Congratulations to the FDX pilots! However, the competition isn’t over. Bragging rights are on the line, so reach out to all of your colleagues and enlist them in the PAC.

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Are You Prepared? Take the Survey!
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.

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Pulse of the Industry
Alaska Airlines landed more than nine out of ten flights on time in February, according to FlightStats . . . Airlines for America (A4A) has named Mark Millam as managing director for Safety; he joins A4A from Compass Airlines where he was director of safety and compliance . . . Hawaiian Airlines launched its inaugural flight to Auckland, N.Z., yesterday, flying a 294-seat Airbus A330-200. Hawaiian now offers three flights a week to Auckland . . .

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“ALPA Daily,” Your Source for Aviation News
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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Pan American Airways was founded as an air mail carrier providing service between Key West and Havana on March 14, 1927.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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