Safety Is and Always Will Be Our Number One Priority

Securing the safety of our nation’s aviation system is our industry’s top priority. In order to maintain our standing as the safest air transport system in the world, we rely on a multilayer approach to security, using numerous strategies that all play important roles. One of those critical layers is the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program.

Since 2003, the FFDO program has been tremendously successful as a strong, ongoing deterrent against hijacking threats. FFDOs are cargo and passenger pilots who volunteer their personal time in order to receive the training required to become deputized FFDOs, and these pilot volunteers pay a portion of the expenses associated with the program. In total, thousands of ALPA pilots flying for cargo and passenger airlines have volunteered their time defending our airspace, securing nearly a million flight segments every year without any personal compensation.

The FFDO program is a proven and cost-effective component of transportation security in this country and has often been praised by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the additional layer of protection it brings to air transportation.

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2015 Congress Must Ensure Fair Competition for U.S. Airlines

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It’s a new year and a new Congress. ALPA is making it clear to both new and incumbent lawmakers that we expect—and will accept nothing less than—fair competition in the global marketplace for our airlines.

In the face of business models such as Norwegian Air International (NAI), which seek to gain marketplace advantages by dodging national tax and employment laws and circumventing international air transport agreements, our U.S. government leaders must defend a free marketplace.

NAI has applied to the U.S. DOT for a foreign air carrier permit that would allow it to fly to and from the United States and compete directly with U.S. airlines on long-haul international routes. Its business scheme has the potential to affect each and every ALPA member. Mainline pilots’ jobs would be directly threatened by the out-of-balance competitive advantage that foreign competitors would receive under the business model. Moreover, the jobs of ALPA professionals who fly for regional airlines would also be in jeopardy if mainline carriers shrink or fail, as fee-for-departure flying feeds mainline airlines’ global networks.

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ALPA Strong in 2015

In 2015, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l is strong. Our union’s democratic process ensures that we will remain strong.

As ALPA’s 10th president, I recognize that the challenges faced by our union and the North American airline industry are real. They include near-term and long-term threats to the airline piloting profession.

Along with ALPA’s new national officer team, I am eager and committed to leading our union as we take on issues such as:

  • Inadequate pay and benefits for pilots who fly for the regional airlines.
  • Airline managements who are not serious about negotiating timely contracts.
  • Continued threats from flag-of-convenience airline business models.
  • The proliferation of foreign airlines that are state-owned enterprises.
  • The lack of a national aviation policy in the United States and Canada.
  • Disparate flight- and duty-time rules for pilots who fly passengers and those who fly cargo in the United States and Canada.
  • The practice of hiring foreign airline crews and aircraft through Canada’s foreign worker program.
  • Continued security threats and stalled progress on enhancements like the installation of secondary barriers on airliner cockpits.

Unions are an essential part of a capitalist economy. As ALPA advances its new, more effective brand of unionism, we will pursue new strategies to engage with all stakeholders. Our union will continue to be a leader in the labor movement in North America and in the airline industry across the globe.

While we face determined foes, ALPA’s new national officers, along with every member of our union, will together advance the airline piloting profession, improve the careers of ALPA members, pave the way to a level economic playing field for U.S. and Canadian airlines and their employees, and enhance the safety and security of air transportation across the globe.

Watch: Why DOT Must Deny NAI

You can’t miss ALPA’s latest whiteboard video, featuring the CEO of Norwegian Air International’s scheme to decimate the U.S. and European airline industry with a flag-of-convenience business model. Learn why the U.S. Department of Transportation must deny NAI’s foreign air carrier permit application.

Watch the video and join the effort to #DenyNAI at sos.alpa.org.

“Stronger Moving Forward” – Meet the New ALPA National Officers

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The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) Board of Directors today elected new leadership to helm the world’s largest pilot union, putting in place the officers that will continue the association’s momentum to be  “Stronger Moving Forward.”

The group elected Capt. Tim Canoll (Delta) to be the 10th ALPA president. He currently serves as  ALPA’s executive administrator since January 2011. “Airline pilots in North America face many critical challenges today, while at the same time other challenges and opportunities are coming on the horizon,” said ALPA’s president-elect. “Our union is strong and prepared to face them all. I’m excited and humbled by the trust that the ALPA Board of Directors has placed in me with this election.”

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On This Anniversary of September 11

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This morning I stood before an overflow crowd of pilots and staff assembled in ALPA’s 9/11 Memorial Garden in Herndon, Va., to remember those lost to the terrorist attacks 13 years ago.

During this gathering we honored the memory of the passengers and crew of United Flight 175, United Flight 93, American Airlines Flight 11, and American Airlines Flight 77. In honor of their memories, we reiterate the spirit of resilience that continues to this day.

As pilots, when we returned to the cockpit after the attack, we resolved to carry forward the legacy of their sacrifice. Today, with the renewed awareness of vigilance, we pledge to be the guardians of their spirit and protect the memories of our lost friends and colleagues. We also pledge to be the guardians of our profession. And we pledge to be the guardians of safe and secure skies.

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ALPA Delivers the Truth Behind the Alleged “Pilot Shortage”

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ALPA’s got the pulse on the airline pilot pipeline, tracking down the numbers to rise above the noise and set the record straight on the so-called “pilot shortage.” Here’s the issue: There is no airline pilot shortage; it’s all about the money. “Pilot shortage” makes for a flashy headline, but we’ve done our homework and packaged all the facts in this new no-frills, real numbers whiteboard video that clearly identifies the issue beneath the surface: what the airline industry faces today is a pilot pay shortage.
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