Cargo: One Level of Safety and Security for All
While many people think “passengers” when they think of the
aviation industry, the world-wide economy is dependent on
the aircraft that carry cargo. Starting with airmail in
1918, the aviation industry revolutionized the delivery
speed of mail, packages, and food. In the latest issue of
Air Line Pilot, ALPA took a closer look at the issues
facing the cargo industry and its pilots, including the
“Cargo Carveout” in FAR 117, lithium batteries, and remote
Read the full article.
ALPA-PAC Hits New High
far, 2013 has been a great year for ALPA-PAC. Since January
1, we’ve added nearly 900 new supporters and over
$12,000/month in recurring receipts. Last week, the PAC hit
a new high by adding more than $1,100/month from
contributors over just seven days. This exceptional growth
is allowing the PAC to more effectively educate members of
Congress on our issues and build solid, lasting
relationships in Washington, D.C.
Help us finish the year strong by adding another 300
contributors before the end of the year and reach our goal
of exceeding $1 million in 2013 by participating in
Project Wingman today!
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Line Pilots Association PAC are not a solicitation to
contribute to the PAC. Only ALPA members, ALPA executives,
and senior administrative and professional staff personnel,
and their immediate family members living in the same
household are eligible to contribute to ALPA-PAC. ALPA-PAC
maintains and enforces a policy of refusing to accept
contributions from any other source. ALPA members may learn
more about ALPA-PAC and about contributing to ALPA-PAC by
entering the members-only portion of this website.
Canadian ALPA Pilot Leaders Convene for Biennial Group C Caucus Meeting
this month, Canadian ALPA pilot leaders convened in Ottawa,
Ontario, for the biennial meeting of ALPA’s Group C Caucus
hosted by the Canada Board. During the meeting, local
council reps and MEC officers representing the 2,800 ALPA
flightcrew members who fly for nine Canadian carriers, along
with Canada Board officers and ALPA staff, networked, shared
information about issues of mutual concern, and discussed
the Association’s strategic priorities in Canada.
The full agenda included a panel discussion, “Government
Affairs: How to Best Affect Change,” during which
representatives from government, labor, and airline
managements shared their perspectives on political advocacy
and gave advice for building relationships with legislators
and regulators. Attendees then broke into groups to develop
and role-play making a pitch to government on a range of
issues important to Canadian pilots. The lobbying exercise
was very successful and will serve as the basis for ALPA to
expand its pilot partisan advocacy initiatives in Canada.
Read the full story.
Major Changes in O’Hare Operations Starting this Week!
Beginning October 17, 2013,
operations at O’Hare will change
will change from a layout that started in the 1960s and
expanded for decades to East–West operations. The result is
a major change in how O’Hare will conduct operations for
both pilots and controllers. Be alert for possible confusion
until everyone becomes familiar with the new operations. As
always, if there is any doubt to the control instructions
that you are given, query the controller.
Read the full story.
Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future
Veterans Day event titled “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the
Future” will be held on Sunday, November 10, on the
beautiful fantail aboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden
from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is planned and
sponsored by the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation, a nonprofit
organization that was established in memory of LeRoy W.
Homer Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran and the first officer of
United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked as part of the
September 11 attacks in 2001 and crashed in a field near
Shanksville, Pa. The foundation provides financial support
and encouragement to those interested in pursuing careers as
The keynote speaker for this event will be Brian Delate—actor,
writer, director, and veteran. His television and film
credits include, but are not limited to, Law & Order,
The Brave One, The Truman Show, Shawshank
Redemption, and Sudden Death. He also wrote and
directed the successful life-affirming indie feature
Soldier’s Heart, which won the Best Narrative Feature
Award at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
Tickets will be available until October 18 and include a
self-guided tour of America’s most decorated Battleship,
brunch, silent auction, and more. For additional information
about the event or to reserve tickets, please visit
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Final Fall District Advocates Training Dates!
is seeking volunteers who are interested in promoting ALPA’s
legislative agenda and who want to serve as pilot partisan
representatives to their local congressional office. Final
training slots for the year have just been scheduled!
During the training, volunteers will receive instruction on
how to serve as effective local advocates through visits
with their members of Congress and participation in other
grassroots activities. (Check out the spread on the
District Advocates program in the May issue of Air
Line Pilot.) If interested, please contact
to sign up and indicate which time slot works best for you.
This training is done via webinar, lasts about one hour, and
provides an overview of ALPA’s grassroots program, current
legislative issues, and how to set up and conduct a
congressional visit. Trainings are currently scheduled for
the following times:
- October 16 @ 1200 EST
- October 18 @ 1000 EST
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