Legislative Summit Sends Pilots to the Hill
The 2nd annual ALPA Government Affairs Legislative Summit
kicked off today, highlighting the make-or-break influence
federal policy has on the U.S. airline industry’s ability to
compete and survive in the global aviation market. “For us
to win, we have to be diplomatically aggressive,” said ALPA
President Lee Moak during his opening remarks, emphasizing
the importance of taking the pilot message directly to
lawmakers. Moak noted that U.S. airlines and their employees
are under siege from state-owned and state-sponsored foreign
carriers, and others who manipulate current U.S. aviation
policy to their advantage.
In fact, ALPA’s summit is also a training ground for
pilot volunteers who will visit their members of Congress on
Capitol Hill tomorrow. The pilots will lobby U.S.
representatives for the Safe Skies Act to revise FAR 117 to
include cargo operations under the same fatigue standards as
those of passenger airlines, the Saracini Aviation Safety
Act to mandate secondary cockpit barriers, and ongoing
efforts to prohibit a “flag-of-convenience” business model
(Norwegian Air International) to undermine labor standards
and avoid regulatory scrutiny.
Read more about the Legislative Summit.
Watch Moak Unveil ALPA’s Policy Solutions Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 29, Capt. Moak will
speak before journalists in Washington, D.C., during ALPA’s
Legislative Summit. The news media briefing, which will be
available to stream online, will discuss ALPA’s new white
paper, Leveling the Playing Field 3.0: Survival Mode,
which clarifies why and how U.S. government leaders must act
now to make certain U.S. airlines do business in a fair
Tune in to the webcast at
Delta Ratifies LOA with FAR 117-Related Modifications
On May 22, 2014, the Delta MEC unanimously ratified Letter
of Agreement (LOA) #14-01—Modifications Related to FAR 117.
This LOA modifies the PWA to better align Delta pilots’ work
rules with the terms and nomenclature used by the new FAR
and to make improvements to the PWA.
This negotiation was the culmination of seven months of
work by the Negotiating Committee that consisted of over 30
meetings with the company and updates provided to and
direction received from the MEC at five regular and two
special meetings, all while supported by a large number of
other members of the Delta MEC committee structure.
In all, this LOA is the fruit of hard bargaining,
containing solid improvements to the pilot working agreement
and reflecting the pilot group’s continued proactive
engagement with management on a wide range of issues.
Cross-Border Cooperation—Air Wisconsin and Jazz Hold Joint MEC Meeting in Montreal
Showing that they have more commonalities than differences,
the Air Wisconsin and Jazz MECs are meeting jointly this
week in Montreal to discuss the issues facing
fee-for-departure (FFD) carriers in the United States and
Canada. The two groups have cooperated before, with MEC
officers from each invited to the other’s MEC meetings;
however, this is the first meeting to involve all members of
both MECs. Joint discussions will focus on the state of the
FFD industry and negotiating strategies. The groups will
also meet separately to address property-specific issues. As
Air Wisconsin and Jazz continue to build ties and
relationships, plans are in the works for additional joint
meetings in the future.
Air Wisconsin MEC Elects Officers, Visits ICAO
From left: Mark Lockwood, David Holtzman, Ben Grant, Colin Gallagher, Matt Chadwick, Richard Swindell, Thorne Saylor, Jeff Pruett, Maggie Eickhoff, Reed Donoghue, and Jody Bettenburg..
During the regular Air Wisconsin (ARW) MEC meeting this week in
Montreal, Capt. Chris Suhs was elected to serve as the next ARW
MEC chairman beginning August 25. Also elected to serve two-year
terms were Capt. Jeff Pruett, MEC vice chairman, and Capt. Jared
Armstrong, MEC secretary-treasurer.
The ARW MEC is conducting their business at the International
Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) offices and
today visited the headquarters of the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) and received a briefing from Mike
Jackson, IFALPA rep to ICAO.
The ARW MEC is in Montreal for a historic joint meeting of the
ARW MEC and the Jazz MEC in a demonstration of cross-border
communication, cooperation, mutual support, and unity.
Major Revision of Arrivals and Departures for Houston Metroplex Airports
Effective tomorrow, May 29, 2014, the Houston Metroplex,
which includes Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU),
will implement 61 new procedures that provide airport-specific
arrival and departure procedures while decreasing fuel usage
through more direct flight paths.
Read more about the new procedures at IAH and HOU.
FAA Recategorizes Wake Turbulence Separations
Effective June 1, 2014, the FAA is expanding its Wake
Turbulence Recategorization (RECAT) program throughout the
national airspace system. The FAA has been conducting RECAT
operations for the past year at Memphis, Louisville, and Miami.
RECAT is the culmination of decades of wake research of which
ALPA has been, and continues to be, an active participant. Under
RECAT, the new classifications are expected to maintain the
current levels of safety while increasing airport capacity and
reducing both arrival and departure delays.
Read more on RECAT.
KCM Welcomes CVG
Yesterday, the Known Crewmember (KCM) program welcomed
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) as its
48th member. KCM is a risk-based security screening program that
enables TSA security officers to positively verify the identity
and employment status of crewmembers.
KCM facilities are dedicated security screening lanes for use
by prescreened airline personnel that allow passengers in
separate lines to move through TSA checkpoints with less delay.
Testing of risk-based screening for flight crews began in 2008
and was approved by the TSA for expansion in 2009. As a result
of ALPA’s successful partnerships with A4A and the TSA, KCM has
evolved into a robust nationwide program, having screened over
17 million transits to date. Learn more at
and on the ALPA smartphone app’s “KCM” tab.
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