CALL TO ACTION: Stop the Creation of a New CBP Preclearance Site in Abu Dhabi
U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) governments are moving
toward the creation of a new U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi
International Airport. An Abu Dhabi CBP preclearance
facility may be great news for state-owned Etihad, but for
U.S. pilots, it means just another competitive advantage
handed to foreign airlines by flawed U.S. policy. The good
news is we have the ability to stop this proposal—by
contacting the White House and Congress today and telling
them that this proposal represents a serious threat to our
jobs and the U.S. airline industry.
Read more about
“Playing Hardball in Washington, D.C.” and
“UAE’s Long-Haul Vision” in this month’s Air Line
Contact your legislators today.
Senators Speak Out on Abu Dhabi Preclearance Facility
Eleven senators sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano yesterday questioning the administration’s
authority to proceed with the creation of a CBP preclearance
facility in Abu Dhabi. ALPA has been actively urging members
of Congress to weigh in with the administration over the Abu
Dhabi facility, which ALPA strongly opposes.
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Pilot Assistance Forum Concludes in Herndon
ALPA ended its 2013 Pilot Assistance Forum today after three
days of in-depth discussions on issues ranging from sleep
apnea to helping pilots make a smooth transition after an
airline merger. The PA Forum gathers volunteers from five
ALPA disciplines: Aeromedical, Critical Incident Response,
HIMS, Professional Standards, and Canadian Pilot Assistance.
Formerly included in the Association’s annual Air Safety
Forum, the PA Forum was held as its own stand-alone
conference for the first time in several years. Thanks in
part to the change, attendance at this year’s forum was more
than twice as large as past meetings, with almost 200
attendees representing ALPA pilot groups, government,
airline management, aerospace medicine, and non-ALPA
airlines from the United States and around the world.
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The Delta Family Tree
The Spring 2013 issue of The Widget, the official
publication of the Delta MEC, includes the Delta Family Tree
with a detailed look at the birth of an airline. From the
Delta Air Corporation’s Huff Daland Dusting Company
crop-dusting enterprise of the 1920s and the Northwest
Airways airmail carrier operation that began in 1926 arose
one of the world’s largest global airlines, employing nearly
12,000 pilots helping more than 160 million travelers get to
the places they want to go to each year.
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Flooding Pummels Midwest, AERF Available
Excessive flooding in the Midwest has prompted the governors
in both Iowa and Illinois to issue disaster declarations for
particularly hard-hit counties. The ALPA Emergency Relief
Fund stands ready to assist members who need help in these
and other affected areas.
AERF provides for the immediate needs of all ALPA pilots
and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters.
Funded largely by contributions from ALPA members and staff,
AERF covers early out-of-pocket expenses to help pilots and
their families recover faster. Read an article in the
April 2013 issue of
Air Line Pilot magazine about how AERF met the needs
of dozens of ALPA pilots whose lives were disrupted by last
October’s Hurricane Sandy.
To learn more about the fund,
make a donation, or request a grant, visit
Getting Fit Between Flights
Be sure to check out the May edition of Air Line Pilot
magazine to learn your option for getting a workout in
before taking off. This article goes through some of the
convenient options at airports in the United States and
Canada and around the world.
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