ALPA: Safety and Security Are at the Top of the Agenda
Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association,
International, kicked off the organization’s 59th Air Safety
Forum yesterday before a large group of ALPA pilot
representatives who dedicate their time and energy to
keeping aviation safe and secure. Moak used the recent
Asiana Flight 214 accident as just one example why ALPA is
committed to doing its part as a leader in promoting the
highest standards of aviation safety and security.
“With an accident or incident, it is the aviation safety
community’s responsibility to investigate every possible
aspect of the operation leading up to the accident with the
singular goal of preventing such an accident from happening
again,” Moak said. “Without your volunteer service, ALPA
would not stand in the position it does, and that is: by the
side of each and every member, and head and shoulders above
all other pilot unions.”
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In Aviation Week: ALPA President Calls for End to Abu Dhabi Preclearance Facility Scheme
On July 12, Aviation Week published a “Viewpoint”
column written by ALPA president, Capt. Lee Moak, which
described the current administration’s plan to open a U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Abu Dhabi
International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as
“outrageous” and a “misjudgment.” Unlike other CBP
facilities, this one would be located in an airport in which
no U.S. carriers currently operate. Any benefits of this CBP
facility would be reaped only by Etihad, a UAE-owned and
state-funded airline, as it works to find a firm footing in
the U.S. aviation market. Capt. Moak called upon Congress to
act now to put a halt to the plan and stand firm against any
Read the entire piece by Capt. Moak.
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U.S. Senate Subcommittee Approves FFDO Funding
Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Homeland Security approved a budget of $46.4 billion.
Despite the administration’s calls for the airline industry
to pay for the cost of the federal flight deck officer (FFDO)
program, the Senate’s FY 2014 Homeland Security budget
provides a total of $25 million for this important program.
Senators Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) were
key supporters of the FFDO program to help ensure its
funding. This brings the funding one step closer to reality.
Now both the House and Senate must reconcile their
Read the full press release from the U.S. Senate
AirTran Pilots’ Dispute Resolution Committee Receives Arbitration Ruling in Favor of ALPA
Earlier this week, an arbitrator ruled in ALPA’s favor
regarding the jurisdiction of the Dispute Resolution
Committee (DRC) to hear a claim. AirTran pilots claim that
the seniority integration agreement (SIA) has been violated
and that AirTran pilots have been harmed by Southwest
Airlines’ (SWA) sublease of B-717s to Delta Air Lines.
Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) members had
declined to process the dispute, arguing that the DRC lacked
jurisdiction. The dispute resolution agreement (DRA) and DRC
were created as part of the SIA between SWAPA and ALPA to
resolve disputes arising from the SIA.
The claim will now go back to the DRC for review and,
absent consensus among the members, it will be heard by an
arbitrator as set forth in the DRA signed by AirTran, SWA,
SWAPA, and ALPA. That arbitration will determine whether the
claim related to the sublease of the B-717 has merit.
First Air Wins Big Freight Contract, Acquires Additional Aircraft
One of Canada’s most iconic businesses has signed a new,
five-year agreement with Ottawa-based First Air to deliver
supplies to the Arctic. The North West Company, which opened
as a fur-trade enterprise in 1779, will use First Air to
deliver food and other cargo to its stores in remote
communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and
The North West Company is one of the largest shippers to
the Arctic, and First Air is adding new aircraft to provide
more lift and reduce fuel costs. The airline has announced
it has acquired three B-737-400s from KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines. Two of the 400s will be retrofitted as combi
aircraft to carry a mix of passengers and palleted cargo,
while the third will remain in an all-passenger
configuration. FAB crewmembers currently fly B-737-200s,
ATR-42s and 72s, two Hercules L-382s, and a B-767-200
United Council 52 (JFK) Holds Final Meeting
United Airlines Council 52 (JFK) held its final meeting
earlier week in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., closing a long
chapter of pilot representation for United pilots domiciled
in New York City. After the merger with Continental Airlines
is completed with the announcement of the integrated
seniority list and the combining of the United and
Continental MECs into one governing body, Council 52 will
merge with CAL Council 170 (Newark) and become UAL Council
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New First Officer Qualification Rule Helps Save Collegiate Aviation Program
Earlier this year, several ALPA members who are alumni of
Auburn University’s aviation management and professional
flight programs informed the Association’s leadership of the
school’s plan to eliminate those programs due to a lack of
resources for them. Based on ALPA’s knowledge of the
then-pending Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) first
officer qualification final rule and the growing need for
more airline pilots, ALPA president
Capt. Lee Moak wrote to the university’s president
urging the school to retain and improve the program instead.
Shortly after the FAA issued its final rule last week,
Auburn University announced its intentions to do that very
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Proposed Legislation Regulating Independent Agencies is Flawed
On July 9, USA Today contributor Darrell Delamaide penned an
column regarding recently introduced legislation (S.
1029, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013) which seeks
to affect the regulatory process. As the column highlights,
the quest to subject independent regulatory agencies to
further cost-benefit analysis, which often fail to capture
nonquantifiable “costs” such as safety and loss of life, is
a flawed concept.
The column provides the public with insight regarding the
inner workings of the Office of Information and Regulatory
Affairs (OIRA) and how OIRA review often ends up
indefinitely delaying a final rule or substituting OIRA
thoughts in place of thoughtful and scientifically sound
regulations issued by federal agencies.
ALPA has been working to ensure that independent agencies
like the Commodities Future Trading Commission, which are
tasked with implementing rules that protect our industry and
our livelihoods from rampant
oil speculation, remain independent and free from
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