View this message on the Web.

News from ALPA International

March 28, 2013

Stay Connected

WordPress Facebook Twitter
YouTube Flickr LinkedIn RSS Feeds
The FlightDeck

The ALPA App

In This Issue:

ALPA Brings U.S. Business Pilots’ Vision for Future of Aviation

Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, voiced airline pilots’ views on the need to create a level playing field on which U.S. airlines can compete in the global marketplace during a panel titled “Future Trends in Aviation” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Aviation Summit held today in Washington, D.C. ALPA national officers, pilots, and staff were on hand for the one-day program, which featured airline CEOs and additional panels on topics including unmanned aerial systems, manufacturing, and aviation and climate change. Watch for more coverage of ALPA’s participation.

Return to top

PSA Pilots Achieve Much-Needed Improvements in New Contract
ALPA’s PSA pilots have ratified the tentative agreement reached with the management of PSA Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. With nearly 80 percent of eligible pilots casting their ballots on Wednesday, 78 percent voted in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement.

The five-year contract includes quality-of-life gains, pay increases, and opportunities for PSA pilots to progress to US Airways mainline, while maintaining important current benefits such as health insurance and retirement.

Read more.

Return to top

New U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council Aviation Report Released
The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has been running an aggressive PR campaign in the United States to win support for its state-sponsored airlines. A new report by the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council goes as far as to exalt the benefits to U.S. workers from the commercial aviation partnership between the United States and the U.A.E.

However, the report fails to mention that Emirates’ and Etihad’s expansion poses a direct threat to U.S. pilot and aviation jobs. While the report heralds the value of this aviation “partnership,” only 2 of the 13 daily U.S.–U.A.E. nonstop flights are operated by U.S. airlines, and no U.S. airline flies into or out of Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the U.A.E. airlines do not need to adhere to labor relations rules comparable to those that govern our domestic carriers, and they operate at a competitive cost advantage thanks to the U.A.E.’s favorable tax and regulatory structure.

Read more.

Return to top

New Concerns about Cockpit Access Trigger Security Bulletin
In response to an attempt last week by an unauthorized individual to gain access to the flight deck jumpseat on US Airways Flight 1935 from Philadelphia to West Palm Beach, ALPA has issued Security Alert Bulletin 2013-02. Because of the ongoing FBI criminal investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss some of the details of the event.

However, the news media has reported that the individual involved was a ticketed passenger from Paris to West Palm Beach, Florida, with a stop and flight change in Philadelphia. The individual was dressed in a white shirt with pilot epaulets, leather bomber jacket, and had non-authentic Air France pilot credentials. In Philadelphia, the individual boarded the aircraft during the passenger boarding process using his ticket. Once on board, he approached the cockpit and introduced himself to the flight deck crew. At some point, the flight deck crew told the individual to leave and take his assigned seat in the passenger cabin. Once in the passenger cabin, the individual became disruptive with a flight attendant regarding the stowage of carry-on luggage. At that point, the individual was removed from the flight.

Read more.

Return to top

Pulse of the Industry

An Air Transat flight from Vancouver to London made an emergency landing in Nunavut Tuesday night to deplane an intoxicated and unruly passenger . . . AJET Holdings LLC, which purchased Ryan International Airlines in bankruptcy court, plans to rebrand it as Astrajet . . . Aer Lingus will codeshare on United’s nonstop service between Dublin and Washington Dulles, and on seasonal, nonstop service between Shannon and Chicago O’Hare.

Return to top

ALPA Disability Plans Open Enrollment—Now Boarding!
Pilots are more likely to suffer a loss of medical certification than death during their working years. That’s why ALPA offers voluntary, member-paid income replacement programs designed to provide income in the event that you are unable to work or exercise the privileges of your FAA medical certificate. We encourage all of our members to conduct a regular review of their income replacement needs, including a review of policy terms, conditions, exclusions, and limitations, and this open enrollment offers a great opportunity to review your plans and add coverage as necessary.

As part of the open enrollment, now through May 15, eligible members can enroll in a monthly loss of license plan (up to $1,200) and/or a short-term disability plan (50 percent of salary up to $1,000 per week) on a guarantee issue basis.

Read more.

Return to top

Tax Season Approaches, U.S. AERF Donations Are Deductible
As April 15 approaches, remember that ALPA Emergency Relief Fund (AERF) donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

AERF is a member resource intended to provide for the immediate needs of all ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters. Funded from contributions by ALPA members and staff, AERF is one of the many tangible benefits of belonging to the Association.

Read an article in the April 2013 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine about how AERF met the needs of dozens of ALPA pilots detrimentally affected by last October’s Hurricane Sandy. To learn more about the fund, make a donation, or request a grant, visit

Return to top

Win a Family Vacation to Disney World

Union members can already save on Disney Park tickets, but right now you could also win a Disney dream vacation for four! It is easy to enter for your chance to win—simply register using the link below for Union Plus program e-mails and mobile alerts.

The vacation package includes four Disney World 4-Day Park Hopper with Water Park tickets (two adult and two child tickets) valued at $1,250, airfare for four, four nights’ stay at a hotel, and a car rental for five days.

Register to win by May 15, 2013.

Return to top

On March 31, 1931, Knute Rockne, considered one of college football’s greatest coaches, died in the crash of a Transcontinental Air Transport F-10A in Kansas. The accident prompted the aeronautics branch of the U.S. Commerce Department to pull the aircraft from commercial service. This was the first such grounding in U.S. history.

Return to top

Most Recent FastRead Issues
March 26, 2013
March 21, 2013
March 19, 2013
March 14, 2013
March 12, 2013

Return to top

Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
Questions or comments on this FastRead? Give us your feedback at

If you have moved or changed your ISP or e-mail address, please update your ALPA records. If you don’t, you will no longer receive the ALPA FastRead and other e-mail bulletins and notices, and once your postal forwarding order expires, you’ll no longer receive the magazine and other ALPA mail. You can do it yourself by going to and logging in. Go to “My ALPA” in the menu at the top of the page, and from there, you’ll be instructed how to make the necessary changes.

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.

Can’t remember your member number or how to log in? Need information about your ALPA insurance programs? These and other questions about ALPA services can be answered by contacting

Return to top

Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20036 | 703-689-2270

ALPA represents nearly 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada.
Visit us online at