ALPA Hails Bipartisan Senate Concern for NAI Scheme
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) hailed a
bipartisan letter signed by 38 members of the U.S. Senate
and sent yesterday to the Secretary of Transportation
expressing lawmakers’ serious concerns that the Norwegian
Air International (NAI) scheme may not comply with the
U.S.-EU Open Skies air transport agreement and is not in the
U.S. public interest.
“ALPA commends the 38 members of the U.S. Senate who have
taken a strong stand for making certain that the U.S.-EU
Open Skies agreement is respected and that U.S. airlines
have a fair opportunity to compete internationally and
continue to fuel the U.S. economy, support the national
defense, and provide U.S. jobs,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s
Read more about Senate concern for NAI scheme.
KCM Adds Love
On Tuesday, March 11, the Known Crewmember (KCM) airport
screening program expanded to include Love Field in Dallas,
Texas. With the addition of this site, KCM is now available
at 38 airports across the United States.
Pilots can find the location and hours of operation of
access points at all KCM airports by selecting the “KCM” tab
on the ALPA smartphone app for iPhones and Droids, or by
www.knowncrewmember.org. Also see the March 2014 issue
of Air Line Pilot for a map of KCM airport locations.
Mesa MEC Takes Unity to New Heights
On Tuesday, March 11, the Mesa MEC meeting had an early
start—6:30 a.m. Instead of uniforms though, the dress code
was hiking boots, shorts, and backpacks. Members of the MEC
met early to climb Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz., to
have a “unity hike.” Following the 1.2 mile Echo Canyon
trail, the group made it to the top of the 2,706 ft. peak
and was able to enjoy the view before reconvening the
meeting in the MEC office at 9:30 a.m.
“When working with such a diverse group, it’s often
helpful to get out of the meeting room and into a new
environment,” commented MEC Chairman Marcin Kolodziejczyk.
“Climbing a nearly vertical trail makes any issues we face
in the MEC meeting seem less insurmountable. It also builds
trust, encourages teamwork, and allows open
communication—just at a higher altitude.”
Dubai, Doha Want CBP Preclearance Facilities
Following the opening of the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, both
Dubai and Doha International Airports have applied for
facilities of their own. While, unlike Abu Dhabi, these
airports are served by U.S. carriers, the benefits of CBP
facilities here would still largely benefit state-sponsored
airlines (Emirates and Qatar). ALPA remains strongly opposed
to the expansion of the preclearance program to any airports
that don’t have a significant presence by U.S. carriers
and/or where such facilities create an unlevel playing field
for U.S. airlines.
The ALPA-supported bill in the House, H.R. 3488, introduced
by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.),
has more than 150 bipartisan cosponsors. When enacted, the
Meehan-DeFazio bill will forbid Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Dubai
from ever having a preclearance facility (shutting down any
that may have opened) and formally define how and where
other preclearance facilities could be opened. You can help
push your elected officials to cosponsor this bill by
participating in our Call to Action
Noted Tuskegee Airman Graces New Postage Stamp
aviation’s rich history, a new U.S. stamp was officially
issued today that features the image of Charles Alfred
“Chief” Anderson, of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen.
Anderson served during World War II as ground commander and
chief instructor for aviation cadets of the 99th Pursuit
Squadron, the first U.S. all-black fighter squadron. The
99th became one of three Tuskegee Airmen squadrons in the
332nd Fighter Group, also known as the Red Tails (later
immortalized in a 2012 feature film). The 332nd
distinguished itself during the war by flying 1,378 combat
missions, destroying 260 enemy aircraft, and earning more
than 150 Flying Crosses. Anderson pursued his interest in
aviation for the rest of his life, and continues to serve as
inspiration for all who overcome challenges to pursue their
dream of flying.
The new stamp is the 15th in the Postal Service’s
Distinguished American Series and is a 70-cent first-class
stamp available at post offices nationwide and at
learn more about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, including Capt.
Robert Ashby, who went on to become an ALPA member and
Frontier pilot, read the February 2014 issue of Air Line
Next Time You’re in Ottawa . . .
. . . check out the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, which
features more than 130 aircraft from around the world.
Exhibits include an Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow. Stephen Quick,
the museum’s director general, notes, “Only in Ottawa can
you see Prof. Junker’s first all-metal aircraft from 1917,
an HS2L flying boat resurrected from Canada’s lakes, and the
prototype de Havilland Canada Beaver.” The museum is located
near the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport.
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