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August 8, 2013

In This Issue:

ALPA Readies Aviation Industry for New Rule to Combat Pilot Fatigue
Eagle MEC Elects New Officers
ALPA Staff Gets Sneak Peek at Disney’s Planes
“Achoo!”—What to Take When Your Allergies Get Airborne
AFL-CIO Asks You to Support United Way
News on the Net

ALPA Readies Aviation Industry for New Rule to Combat Pilot Fatigue

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), hosted a special meeting this week bringing together representatives from government agencies, airlines, and aviation labor groups to ensure that all parties involved in the implementation of new pilot fatigue rules next year are coordinated.

“For decades, ALPA has been fully engaged in efforts to change the flight-time/ duty-time regulations to reduce fatigue and enhance aviation safety for all,” said ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak. “With the final rule set to go into effect on January 4, 2014, we thought it was imperative to bring key people together to ensure an ‘on-time arrival’ of this essential change in regulations.”

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Pictured left to right: Sprague, Rettig.
Eagle MEC Elects New Officers

At its regularly scheduled meeting this week, the Eagle MEC elected Capt. Bill Sprague as MEC chairman for the term beginning September 8, 2013, and ending September 7, 2015. Capt. Matt Rettig was elected MEC vice chairman and Capt. Gloria Finnerty was elected secretary-treasurer. The new leadership team will not only work to guide the Eagle pilots during the US Airways merger, but it will also work with new incoming American Eagle president Pedro Fabregas to ensure adherence with the collective bargaining agreement negotiated during bankruptcy. At the same meeting, the MEC elected committee chairmen for most of its standing committees to serve the same tenure.

ALPA Staff Gets Sneak Peek at Disney’s Planes

Yesterday, more than 250 ALPA staff and their families attended a special ALPA-only premiere of the new animated Disney movie, Planes. Through a special partnership with Disney, a theater in Tysons Corner, Va., was set aside for ALPA employees and, within 24 hours of the event being announced, all the available seats were reserved. ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak welcomed everyone to the film and member pilots were available to answer questions from the young audience. The film is the first in a trilogy of animated films that will focus on aviation—and possibly inspire a whole new generation of pilots. The film opens this weekend in theaters nationwide.

For more about how ALPA is helping young pilots get started, visit

Visit the official site for Planes.

“Achoo!”—What to Take When Your Allergies Get Airborne

In this month’s Air Line Pilot magazine, you’ll find an article from ALPA Aeromedical advisor, Dr. Quay Snyder, about what pilots can (and cannot) take when dealing with respiratory allergies. For example, many common over-the-counter medications, such as Benadryl, are not authorized by the FAA and can only be taken if you wait five times the dosing time (the recommended time interval between doses) before flying. The article also details what you’ll need to report on your FAA Form 8500: Application for Airman Medical when listing your allergy medications.

Read all about allergies in the air.

AFL-CIO Asks You to Support United Way

Since 1947, the AFL-CIO has taken great pride in its partnership with the United Way. The labor movement and the United Way have a long tradition of working together to help workers, families, and communities in need.

United Way funding makes it possible to provide services people need to get back on their feet. United Way supports more than 200 community services liaisons serving working families in communities around the country.

Please support the 2013 United Way Campaign where you live and work. Together we can help those in real need while we work to rebuild our economy for all.

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