LaHood Speaks Out on NAI
The Hill ran an
opinion editorial written by former Department of
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today. In the piece,
titled “Many Questions Still Unanswered about Norwegian
Air’s Impact on Fair Competition,” LaHood says fair
competition is one of the founding principles of Open
Skies—and he should know, being the authority who oversaw
the signing of Open Skies agreements with 16 different
countries during his tenure. He raises a number of
questions, and asserts: “While I am withholding final
judgment until more facts become available, NAI’s proposal
appears contrary to a key provision in our EU Second Stage
agreement that ensured new commercial opportunities created
by the agreement could not be exploited to subvert labor
standards and create an unfair competitive environment.”
Check it out—it’s worth the read.
Capt. Moak Testifies: “Ex-Im Bank has Lost Its Way”
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) Wednesday
called on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to
seize the upcoming U.S. Export-Import Bank reauthorization
as a key opportunity to make certain that the bank’s widebody financing decisions do not harm U.S. airlines or
threaten U.S. airline industry jobs.
“I don’t take issue with the historic mission of the
bank, but it has lost its way,” said Capt. Lee Moak in his
testimony. “Now, the bank is being used to provide subsidies
to foreign companies that not only don’t need the financing
but use the advantage to undercut U.S. airlines.” Capt. Moak
testified at a hearing titled “Examining Reauthorization of
the Export-Import Bank: Corporate Necessity or Corporate
Leadership From the
ICAO Prohibits Lithium Metal Battery Shipments as Cargo on Passenger Airplanes
proposal by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP),
forbidding the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo
on passenger aircraft, has now been approved by the ICAO Air
Navigation Commission (ANC) and the full ICAO Council. This
is a positive step that clears the way to have lithium metal
batteries prohibited from passenger aircraft cargo
compartments incorporated into the 2015–2016 edition of the
technical instructions that will become effective on Jan. 1,
Read more about the ICAO DGP proposal.
Two New Part 117 Interpretations Issued
The FAA has issued two Part 117 (flight-time limitations)
interpretations. The first interpretation (Tutt
2014) addresses the assignment of additional flying to
an unaugmented flightcrew member who has finished his
scheduled flying but has FDP time remaining.
The second interpretation (Rives-Ameristar
AirCargo 2014) addresses when a flightcrew member who is
on long-call reserve may be notified to report for drug or
alcohol testing. If you have any questions about these
interpretations, or flying to the new Part 117 rule, call
ALPA’s Legal Department at 703-689-4326.
House Fully Funds FFDO Program for FY2015
For the third year in a row, the president’s budget
threatened to dramatically cut the Federal Flight Deck
Officer program—and for the third year in a row, ALPA
successfully fought back and restored the program to $25
million for FY2015 in the House budget. During the markup of
the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, the
committee unanimously voted to maintain the FFDO program’s
current funding level.
This battle now moves to the Senate, where ALPA fully
expects a similar amendment to pass with a large, bipartisan
Flooded in the Midwest? P4P Can Help You!
The news media reported this week that parts of the Midwest
have been inundated by extensive flooding. In Minnesota
alone, a state of emergency was declared in 35 counties.
Reports of the Mississippi River rising to nearly six feet
above flood stage in St. Paul remind us that the ALPA
Emergency Relief Fund, or Pilots for Pilots (P4P), stands
ready to help ALPA pilots and their families who are
adversely affected by these events.
P4P is a member resource intended to provide for the
immediate needs of all ALPA pilots and their
families who fall victim to widespread disasters. Funded
primarily from contributions by ALPA members and staff, P4P
is one of the many tangible benefits of belonging to the
Association. To learn more about the fund, make a donation,
or request a grant, visit
Got 10 minutes? Take an IFALPA SID/STAR Phraseology Survey
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’
Associations (IFALPA), along with the International Air
Transport Association (IATA) and the International
Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA),
would like your input with a SID/STAR phraseology survey.
This anonymous survey is designed to identify problem areas
where SIDS/STAR phraseology has been misunderstood. The
23-question survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
The results of the survey will be compiled into a report
that will be given to industry and air traffic management
organizations. The report will provide the basis for efforts
to standardize SID/STAR phraseology worldwide.
SID/STAR phraseology survey.
MAG MEC Elects New Chairman: Capt. Brian Richardson
Capt. Brian Richardson (left) with
MAG Vice Chair Jake Clymo.
On Monday, June 23, at a special meeting, the Mesa Air Group
(MAG) MEC elected Capt. Brian Richardson as the new MEC
chairman. With his term beginning immediately, Capt.
Richardson will serve through March 2016. He began with Mesa
in 1998 and has volunteered on numerous committees,
including Grievance, Jumpseat, and Central Air Safety. He
has also been the chief accident investigator on behalf of
the pilots. He is currently the captain rep for MAG LEC 85
and has been a member of the MEC for eight years.
“We are facing a number of challenges at Mesa,” commented
Capt. Richardson, “not only with our own negotiations, but
also within our industry. Although it may be tempting to
point fingers and argue, to be successful we must be unified
and speak with one voice. I look forward to serving this
pilot group and helping us move forward together.”
PSA Pilot Leaders Talk ALPA-PAC
Members of the PSA MEC and the pilot group’s Legislative
Affairs Committee held their first ALPA-PAC “Coffee Clutch”
at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on Tuesday
from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Starbucks on the E
Concourse. This social event provided pilots passing through
CLT with free Starbucks coffee and a chance to chat with
their union reps and to learn more about ALPA’s Political
“The Coffee Clutch was a big success,” said PSA MEC
Chairman Jesse Coeling. “We saw and enrolled many pilots in
our ALPA-PAC checkoff program,” he added, noting that
similar events are planned for the future.
The descriptions of the Air
Line Pilots Association PAC are not a solicitation to
contribute to the PAC. Only ALPA members, ALPA executives,
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.
Biking 150 Miles in Two Days: FedEx Pilots Participating in National MS Race
Scott Durham, Capt. Mike Harnish, F/O Gloria Harnish, F/O
Mike Murray, and F/O Brian Smith, along with other
participants, will be riding on the FedEx bike team in this
year’s Colorado MS 150. The two-day, 150-mile event,
designed to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, will be held June 28 and 29. If you would like to
show your support for the cause and the FedEx team, please
Play Golf: ARW Pilots Planning Fundraiser
ARW Council 50 is hosting a fundraiser August 14 at the
Honey Bee Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va., to raise money
for the Jonathan Daniel McAbee Memorial Scholarship Fund,
which supports those who are working toward a career as an
airline pilot. Capt. McAbee was killed in a car accident in
The tournament will be a four-man “Scramble” with a
shotgun start. This will allow players of all levels to
participate and have an enjoyable outing. Anyone looking to
support a good cause is invited to participate.
Read more about the fundraiser.
XJT Families Kick Off Summer in Houston
The ExpressJet MEC officially kicked off summer in style
last week with the first of a series of six Family Awareness
events. Almost 240 pilots, spouses, children, and friends
enjoyed a day at the Wet ‘n Wild Splashtown waterpark in
Spring, Tex., just north of Houston. The committee has
planned a full schedule of family gatherings this summer
across the entire XJT system, including Houston, Denver,
Cleveland, Kansas City, Newark, and Chicago. The next Family
Awareness event is July 18 at Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
in downtown Denver.
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