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OfficialJournaloftheAirLinePilots Association,International Air Line PilOt May2015 The PILOT-PARTISAN AGENDA 4th Edition Page 17 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: » Virgin America Pilots Seek ALPA Representationpage 8 » Heart Health: Arrhythmias page 54 » Jazz Pilot Helps Kids in Need page 56 Follow us on Twitter @wearealpa PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. HelpingYou LandYour DreamJob, PartIII Page 46 ALPA-PACRoll ofDistinctionPage 30
MAY2015CONTENTS VOLUME 84, NUMBER 4 ON THE COVER ALPA pilot volunteers visit Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of ALPA’s pilot-partisan agenda.
Articles begin on page 17. Photo by Bill Burke. Download a QR reader to your smartphone, scan the code, and read the magazine. Air Line Pilot (ISSN 0002-242X) is pub lished monthly except for combined January/February and June/July issues by the Air Line Pilots Association, Inter national, affiliated with AFL-CIO, CLC. Editorial Offices: 535 Herndon Parkway, PO Box 1169, Herndon, VA 20172-1169. Telephone: 703-481-4460. Fax: 703-464-2114. Copyright © 2015—Air Line Pilots Association, Inter national, all rights reserved. Publica tion in any form without permission is prohibited. Air Line Pilot and the ALPA logo Reg.
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Postmaster: Send address changes to Air Line Pilot, PO Box 1169, Herndon, VA 20172-1169. Canadian Publications Mail Agreement #40620579 Canada Post: Return undeliverables to P.O. Box 2601, 6915 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T 0A9. FEATURES 46 CRM FOR YOUR FUTURE 48 Q&A WITH CHARLES SCHWAB’S WALT BETTINGER DEPARTMENTS 7 PREFLIGHT 50 ALPA@WORK Making a Difference—Behind the Scenes; ALPA’s Security & Jumpseat Councils Meet 52 GLOBAL VIEW Sounding an International Call to Action 54 HEALTH WATCH Arrhythmias: Causes, Treatment, and FAA Policy 56 OUR STORIES Jazz Pilot Crosses the Atlantic to Help Boys in Need 57 THE LANDING Double Take 58 WE ARE ALPA ALPA Resources and Contact Numbers COMMENTARY 4 TAKING OFF ALPA’s Pilot-Partisan Staff 5 OUR UNION Pilots in Command 6 GUEST COMMENTARY A Bipartisan Approach to Aviation PILOT-PARTISAN AGENDA 17 BE A PILOT PARTISAN 18 FAA REAUTHORIZATION AND ALPA’S SAFETY AND POLICY AGENDA 21 LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY HOT TOPICS FOR 2015 24 FROM ATOP PARLIAMENT HILL 26 DISTRICT ADVOCACY: EARNING RESULTS NATIONWIDE 28 ALPA-PAC: GROWING INTO THE FUTURE 30 ALPA-PAC ROLL OF DISTINCTION OfficialJournaloftheAirLinePilots Association,International Air Line PilOt May2015 The PILOT-PARTISAN AGENDA 4th Edition Page 17 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: » Virgin America Pilots Seek ALPA Representationpage 8 » Heart Health: Arrhythmias page 54 » Jazz Pilot Helps Kids in Need page 56 Follow us on Twitter @wearealpa PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.
HelpingYou LandYour DreamJob, PartIII Page 46 ALPA-PACRoll ofDistinctionPage 30 24 May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 3 26 494 active ALPA members 178 active ALPA members 2,226 active ALPA members 126 active ALPA members 7
4 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 Beyond the Page Look for these icons throughout the magazine to get access to even more information, including additional content, videos, and audio clips—or to get feedback on a question. Web Address Video Link Audio Link E-mail Address “With an army of passionate pilot volunteers and staff members who truly believe in our cause, we are unrivaled.” TakingOff ALPA’s Pilot-Partisan Staff Lori Garver, General Manager Lori.Garver@alpa.org A LPApilotsaroundtheglobecomeforward onadailybasistovolunteerforourunion andadvancetheairlinepilotingprofession. Youtakeyourresponsibilitiesseriously,andyou aren’talone.ALPA’sprofessionalstaffmembersalso takeourresponsibilitiesseriously,andwegoabove andbeyondtoensurethatourunioncontinues tomakegainsforourmembers.IwasrecentlyremindedofthisduringtheInternationalFederation ofAirLinePilots’AssociationsconferenceinMadrid.
Pilotgroupsandindividualpilotsfromaroundthe globerespectALPA’sleadershipandprofessionalism acrossthespectrumofourwork,fromrepresentationandbargainingexpertisetoadvocatingforthe safestandmostsecurefutureforourmembers. Throughout this issue of Air Line Pilot, you’ll read about many of our legislative priorities and what we’re doing to advance them. As you know, presidential campaigns for the 2016 U.S. federal elections have begun, and likewise in Canada elections are scheduled to take place later this year. So it’s more important than ever to elevate our message above the residual noise. ALPA’s expert staff members in the Government Affairs Department are extremely valuable, as they’re on the front lines of advancing our strategy to create positive change.
Our team of professionals works with decisionmakers in Canada and the United States every day to advance our pilot-partisan agenda. And although they’re on the front lines, they certainly don’t go at it alone. They’re masterfully backed up by ALPA’s subject-matter experts in the Legal, Representation, Economics & Financial Analysis, and Engineering & Air Safety Departments, working together to develop the most relevant and reasonable policy positions—with support from professionals in the Communications Department, who help craft and refine our strategic messages under the framework adopted by ALPA’s Board of Directors.
It takes an entire team to build a foundation for success, and it’s notable to mention that ALPA’s staff team members go above and beyond their everyday jobs on behalf of pilot-partisan advocacy. You’ll see in this year’s Roll of Distinction (see page 30) that in addition to the thousands of pilot members who contributed to ALPA-PAC in 2014, ALPA’s management team also contributed, setting a new record for staff contributions with more than $12,000 in receipts to the PAC. ALPA staff members are active ambassadors for the cause, participating in our pilot Calls to Action, amplifying ALPA’s messages by posting and sharing messages on their own Facebook or Twitter accounts, signing petitions, and encouraging others to take action.
With an army of passionate pilot volunteers and staff members who truly believe in our cause, we are unrivaled. It’s no wonder why the Air Line Pilots Association, International is the leading advocate for airline pilot issues in North American and abroad. We are ALPA.
May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 5 OurUnion Pilots in Command O n paper, it seems like the system works. Once every four years, Congress takes a hard look at our aviation system and alters course as necessary. Stakeholders are polled to find consensus. Programs that are working are reinforced, and initiatives that are out of date are revised or discontinued. On paper, it’s a great system. However, the reality is that the process of reauthorizing the FAA is complicated, contentious, and unnecessarily messy.
Within Congress alone, 535 representatives and senators have their own opinions on the best course for the FAA’s future.
Layered within and on top of those opinions are the positions of the dozens of interest groups lobbying to protect and advance their individual issues. And while this issue of Air Line Pilot extensively covers ALPA’s concerns with the FAA reauthorization bill (see page 18) regarding unmanned aircraft systems, maintaining the minimum first officer requirements and fatigue rules, and secondary cockpit barriers, it’s equally important for everyone to understand the volume of voices in the room, the percentage of friends vs. foes, and that winning is only possible if our voice is the strongest and most credible.
Airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, small communities, general aviation, airline pilots, and many others live by the words that are included in the FAA bill. On some issues, the Air Line Pilots Association, International—your union—is the only voice focused on ensuring the safe operation of our airspace. As the individuals responsible for operating the airplanes, we have a unique point of view on the need to ensure that our airspace remains the safest in the world. Other voices will call for shorter time lines, reduced oversight, and fewer redundancies in an effort to streamline costs.
ALPA’s efforts are in the name of safety and will only support solutions that are appropriately focused. InthisfourtheditionofAirLinePilot’spilotpartisanagenda,wealsohighlightotherlegislative prioritiesforourprofession,includingourcollective fightagainstsubsidiestostate-ownedPersianGulf airlinesthatareinviolationofourOpenSkiesagreements(seepage23),ourpushtocurbtheAffordable CareAct’sexcisetax(seepage23),andourcontinued calltopreventtheflags-of-conveniencemodelfrom destroyingourcareersinNorthAmerica(seepage 21).WiththependingnationalelectionsinCanada, weremainnimbletoadapttothepoliticalenvironmentaswecontinueoureffortsonlabourreporting standards,flight-andduty-timeregulations,and keepingawatchfuleyeonthebudgetprocess.
Our pilot-partisan agenda continues to be robust, as every aspect of our profession in North America is regulated by our governments, and it’s imperative that we remain fully engaged. We can’t allow ourselves to be distracted; we must push our priorities that are pending before Congress through to completion.
AsImentionedearlier,wearen’ttheonlyvoicein theroom.Andtheonlywaywe’llbesuccessfulisby engagingeverymemberofourunion.Ourcollective voiceof51,000membersgivesusanedgethatwill helpturnthepapersolutionsonCapitolHilland ParliamentHillintoasafeandsecurereality. ALPA members make all of our successes possible. Your engagement is certainly commendable. ALPA-PAC now boasts more than 8,000 members and continues to set new records. In June of this year, 200 dedicated pilot advocates will volunteer their time to travel to Washington, D.C., to advance our issues before their elected representatives. I encourage all who are interested to register for and attend this year’s Legislative Summit.
More info is available at alpa.org/legislativesummit. In Canada, we’re on the verge of releasing ALPA’s newest white paper, which addresses many of our Canadian members’ challenges. We present reasonable, thoughtful solutions to these challenges, which include our ongoing battle with wet-leasing, foreign license validations, and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The release of the white paper adds to our already healthy relationship with Canadian decision-makers and is a part of our long-term strategy to advance our pilot-partisan agenda on Parliament Hill.
We all know that the important issues facing airline pilots and the North American airline industry require real, lasting solutions. It’s our continued resolve to step up, lead the way, and ensure that our pilot-partisan goals leave the paper and become pilot-partisan realities. Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA President
6 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 ABipartisan Approach to Aviation By Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) T heHouseCommitteeonTransportationand Infrastructurefacesaseriesofcriticalissues thisyear,includingthereauthorizationofa surfacetransportationbill,Amtrak,andtheCoast Guard.However,oneofthebiggestissuesfacing CongresswillbereauthorizingtheFAA.Thecurrent authorizationissettoexpireinlessthansixmonths, andChairmanBillShusterhasmadeithispriority tohaveatransformationalbill,sowehavealotof workaheadofus.
Safetyisalwaysthemostimportantissuewhenit comestoaviation.WeliveinthesafestperiodinairlinehistoryinNorthAmerica.Nevertheless,wecan alwaysdomoretoimproveaviationsafety—andwe mustdomore.Iintendtoincludeprovisionsinthe upcomingFAAreauthorizationtoensurethatthe FAAcontinuestosetthegoldstandardinternationallywhenitcomestosafety,andwilllookforways tostrengthentheFAA’sabilitytoconductrobustand effectiveoversightofouraviationsystem. For example, the FAA is charting new territory in writing rules on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and I intend to ensure that UAS are integrated into the national airspace in a manner that doesn’t compromise the safety of pilots, airline passengers, or those on the ground.
Similarly, I have long been concerned about the FAA’s oversight of foreign maintenance facilities that perform work on U.S. airlines; the FAA must ensure that any repair station, whether in the U.S. or overseas, abides by the highest safety standards. These are just two of many opportunities to improve aviation safety in the bill, and I look forward to continuing conversations with pilots and other stakeholders in the coming months.
Inadditiontoenhancingsafety,weneedto increaseinvestmentinouraviationsystem.AccordingtotheFAA,civilaviationgenerates$1.5trillionfor theU.S.economy,accountsfor11.8millionjobs,and contributes5.4percentofthegrossdomesticproduct. Moreover,thecriticalroleaviationplaysintheU.S. economywillcontinuetogrow.TheFAAforecasts long-termaviationgrowth,includingU.S.airlinepassengergrowth,overthenext20years.Ourairports arevitalgatewaysthatconnectcommunitiesacross thecountryandtravelersaroundtheglobe.Without adequateinvestmenttoaccommodatethisgrowth, thisforecastmayresultinlosteconomicopportunitiesandcongestionanddelays.It’scriticalthatwe investinourairportssothatthey’llbeabletoaccommodatefutureincreasesintravel.
Justasweneedtoinvestinaviationtokeepupwith domesticgrowth,wealsoneedtoinvesttoensure thattheU.S.airlineindustrycontinuestocompete internationally.Irecentlyaskedthesecretariesofthe DepartmentsofTransportation(DOT)andStateto investigatestatesubsidiesandotherspecialfavorsbestoweduponthethreelargestairlinesofthePersian GulfstatesofQatarandtheUnitedArabEmirates.I’m concernedthatthoseperks,combinedwiththosecarriers’blatantdisregardforfairlaborpractices,have createdananticompetitivesituationthatadversely affectsU.S.airlinesandtheirstakeholders,including thehundredsofthousandsofU.S.airlineemployees whodependontheindustryforstable,long-term employment.PrivilegesunderanOpenSkiesagreementarenotalicensetosubvertfairness,open competition,ortheprinciplesoffreemarketsandfair labor.TheU.S.governmentshouldusetoolsavailable undertheseagreementstochallengeunfairpractices andprotectAmericanjobsandbusinesses.
IintendtoensurethatourOpenSkiespolicy doesn’tallowcarrierslikeNorwegianAirInternationalthatsubvertlaborlawsandoutsourcepilotsand crewtocountrieswithlaxlaborlawstoflytotheU.S. I’mfollowingdevelopmentsinNorwegian’spending proceedingbeforetheDOTandcontinuetourgethe administrationtomaketherightdecisioninthatcase. Iwillconsiderlegislation,aswell,ifnecessary. Overthepastfewyears,Congresshasmadethings verydifficultfortheFAA.Atwo-weekpartialshutdownin2011,budgetsequestration,andashutdown oftheentiregovernmentforthreeweeksin2013have createdtremendousuncertaintyattheagencyand havepromptedcallsformajorreform.Iunderstand thefrustrationofagencyemployeesandstakeholders andamcommittedtofindingsolutions.
ChairmanShusterandIareworkingtogether, inabipartisanfashion,totacklethemanycritical issuesfacingouraviationindustry.Ilookforwardto workingwithhimandtherestofmycolleaguesto passlegislationthisyearthatwillcreateandsustain Americanjobs,driveeconomicgrowth,andbring ourtransportationsystemintothe21stcentury.Together,wecanlaythegroundworkforanaviation networkthatdeliversforgenerationstocome. Together, we can lay the groundwork for an aviation network that delivers for generations to come. GuestC mmentary
May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 7 Photo: iStockphoto.com Airline Industry News > DOMESTIC NEWS Reuters reported that on April 10 the Obama administration solicited comments from interested parties about U.S. airline’s and unions’ claims that Persian Gulf airlines have received marketdistorting subsidies, marking the latest step in its review of the matter. “The U.S. government takes seriously the concerns raised,” the U.S. State, Commerce, and Transportation Departments said in a joint statement. The review of submitted materials is expected to begin by the end of May. The FAA announced that it estimates the demand for travel on U.S.-based airlines will increase an average 2.5 percent annually, with airlines carrying 1 billion passengers by 2029.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics data, airlines transported “an all-time high” of 848.1 million passengers to U.S. destinations in 2014, a 2.5 percent increase from 2013. The Wall Street Journal reported that FedEx Corp. has agreed to buy Dutch package-delivery company TNT Express NV for $4.8 billion. Per The Dallas Morning News, the FAA granted American and US Airways a single operating certificate on April 8. TheTransportationSecurity Administrationreportedthat todatemorethan1million travelershaveenrolledinits PreCheckprogram.Theprogramwentintoeffectin2011.
Delta announced that it will offer trackers that will allow owners to check the temperature around their pets in the cargo area and see how their crates are positioned. The trackers will cost $50 and can be used only before and after takeoff due to FAA regulations.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS According to The Independent, on April 13 French air traffic controllers called off a strike after a “satisfactory” meeting with management over working conditions and retirement. The SNCTA, the air traffic controllers union, had planned to go on strike April 16–18. The air traffic controllers conducted a work stoppage on April 8–9 that grounded approximately half the flights in French airspace. TheSidebar It’s incredible the lengths to which some will go in order to experience what we in North America or other firstworld countries find to be commonplace. In a world where modern luxuries become necessity and entitlement is too familiar, reading life experiences about those who survive (and thrive) on far less forces one to regain the important value of perspective.
This month’s “Our Stories” (see page 56), vividly captured by staff writer John Perkinson, highlights a country where basic human rights are not an entitlement and “luxuries” include walking 12 miles roundtrip to go to school. F/O Dave Piitz (Jazz Aviation) is an ALPA member whose philanthropic efforts to help a group of young Ugandan boys attend school, do homework, and play soccer are nothing short of heroic. I encourage you to read about Piitz’s experiences, why he chose the charity he wholeheartedly supports, and how his dedication to his personal cause has not waned over the years. Air Line Pilot’s “Our Stories” is the article I most look forward to reading during each production cycle.
Whether it’s raising funds for wounded soldiers, an airline pilot’s story about returning to flying after a leg amputation, or having the opportunity to become a contestant on Jeopardy! or American Ninja Warrior, in each issue we attempt to capture the all-encompassing personalities, personal challenges and/or successes, and passions of the members who make up the Air Line Pilots Association, International. If reading about F/O Piitz and his story brings to mind the life experience of a fellow airline pilot we should highlight in Air Line Pilot, please contact us at Magazine@alpa.org. To read more inspiring stories about your fellow ALPA members, go to alpa.org/ ourstories.
Namaste, Sharon B. Vereb Editor in Chief
8 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 » Airline Industry News The Flight Safety Foundation reported that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has launched a prototype conflict-zone risk-information database in response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The database, accessible via ICAO’s website, www.icao.int, provides information on potential risks to civil aviation arising from armed conflict. The Canadian federal government announced that it has issued an interim order requiring any Canadian airline carrying passengers to have two crewmembers in the cockpit at all times.
If you’re carrying passengers, this is going to apply to you,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, transport minister. She noted that the directive requires two crewmembers—not necessarily both licensed pilots—to be on the flight deck at all times. TheHongKonggovernment hasapprovedathirdrunway atHongKongInternational Airportinordertomeetsurging growthinpassengersandair cargo,reportedUSAToday. Officialssaidtheprojectwill beginin2016andcost$18.2 billion.Approximately1,600 acresoflandwillbereclaimed fromtheseafortherunway andanewpassengerbuilding. Constructionisexpectedtobe completedby2023.
- According to Reuters, inlate MarchAirbusGroupsoldanadditional17.5percentstakein businessandfighterjetmaker DassaultAviationasitcuts tieswiththecompany. After the sale of nearly 1.61 million shares that raised $1.80 billion, Airbus’s stake in the company will drop from 42 percent to 24.6 percent. Airbus said the proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes. Front Lines \ \ ALPAPetitions NMBtoConduct Representation ElectionforVirgin AmericaPilots “Today I had the privilege of petitioning the National Mediation Board (NMB) to conduct a representation election for the Virgin America pilots. In less than 45 days, an overwhelming majority of Virgin America pilots signed authorization cards seeking a representation election,” said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s
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May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 9 president, on April 16. “While Virgin America pilots work for a great company, currently they can’t negotiate a legally enforceable collective bargaining agreement. Unlike ALPA members, they have no representation and work under company policies that can change daily. And they don’t have the unmatched professional resources, services, and benefits that only ALPA can provide. “ALPA is proud to support their efforts to gain a stronger voice with their company. Adding more than 600 pilot voices to our own in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa will make ALPA even stronger.
We’re eager to help the Virgin America pilots negotiate a contract that provides the improvements and security they seek and complements our own bargaining objectives at ALPA pilot groups, and to add their voices on advocacy issues that affect all pilots in the United States and Canada.
I will keep you informed as the NMB election process continues. This is a major step forward for Virgin America pilots and a great day for all pilots working together to strengthen our profession,” concluded Canoll. \ \ CourtRulingAffirms CongressMustActto ReformEx-ImBank As the June 30 deadline nears for the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a recent U.S. District Court ruling affirms ALPA’s long-held position that Congress must ensure that the bank’s financing practices don’t harm the U.S. airline industry or its workers.
In the ruling, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stated that in the upcoming reauthorization process, “Congress will have another opportunity to clearly communicate to all interested parties what role it wants the bank to play in financing aircraft transactions.” The decision was in response to an April 3, 2013, joint filing by ALPA, Delta, and Hawaiian that challenged the bank's financing of Boeing airplanes for Emirates, Etihad, Korean, LATAM, and LOT.
While the U.S. District Court did not rule in ALPA’s favor in either this case or in a second ruling made the same day with respect to a challenge to the bank's new economic impact procedures, its decision confirms the essential need for Congress to act to reform the bank's financing practices. As part of ALPA’s effort to defend a fair marketplace, the union has pressed the Ex-Im Bank to end its practice of financing widebody aircraft for state-owned, state-supported, and creditworthy foreign airlines. The bank’s support can result in a $20 million per airplane financing cost savings advantage for an airline.
While U.S. airlines are not eligible to receive Ex-Im Bank financing, foreign airlines can use bank-financed airplanes to compete directly with U.S. airlines and their workers on international routes. In 2012, Congress directed the U.S. Treasury Department to negotiate with the European Union to end widebody aircraft financing. ALPA urges Congress to capitalize on the bank’s reauthorization by seeking a full accounting of that action to ensure that the bank uses proper economic modeling to analyze the potential harm to U.S. industry and employees caused by its aircraft financing. ALPA generally supports the bank’s mission, but some of its widebody aircraft financing decisions are harming the U.S.
airline industry and threatening workers’ jobs. The upcoming reauthorization presents Congress with a key opportunity to restore a fair marketplace for U.S. airline industry workers through targeted, pragmatic reforms. \ \ ALPATellsCongress IntegrationofUASMust NotCompromiseSafety “ALPA recognizes the societal and economic benefits of employing this technology to perform a wide variety of tasks more efficiently, in a more environmentally responsible manner, and potentially more safely than the same task performed with conventional aircraft. However, it is vitally important that the pressure to capitalize on the technology not lead to an incomplete safety analysis of the aircraft and operations,” said Capt.
Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, on March 24 after submitting official comments for the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and RegisterNowforALPA’s2015 LegislativeSummit Join ALPA’s Government Affairs Department for the third annual Legislative Summit on June 2–3 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The two-day summit provides ALPA pilots an opportunity to enhance their advocacy and PAC leadership skills through hands-on training. Day one will feature legislative briefings, workshops, guest speakers, and a Capitol Hill reception with members of Congress and staff. On the final day, participants will apply their training in meetings with representatives and senators on a relevant pilot-partisan legislative issue. Space is limited, so go to the members-only homepage of alpa.org and register today. � FedExExpressElectsMECOfficers On April 23, the FedEx Express Master Executive Council elected these officers for the terms beginning July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017: Capt.
Chuck Dyer, chairman; Capt. John Cardaci, vice chairman; and F/O Rich Zins, secretary-treasurer.
10 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 » Front Lines Security hearing on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). “The uniqueness of UAS operations has revealed many safety and technological challenges to be addressed before integration in order to maintain the current level of safety for the national airspace system, its users, and the traveling public. Congress should work and coordinate with industry stakeholders to ensure that UAS aircraft and operations are integrated safely,” Canoll said. “Until the FAA transmits comprehensive solutions, our overarching position is that unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft should not be allowed unrestricted access to conduct flight operations unless they meet all of the high standards currently required for every other airspace user.” \ \ CourtDismisses Jamisonv.ALPA On March 31, the federal court in Atlanta dismissed a lawsuit brought against ALPA by 120 former AirTran pilots.
The suit, known as Jamison v. ALPA, alleged that ALPA violated its duty of fair representation in connection with negotiations involving the merger of AirTran and Southwest; specifically, that the AirTran Master Executive Council (MEC) acted improperly by rejecting several early proposals for integrating the AirTran and Southwest pilot seniority lists. The court granted ALPA’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case. The court concluded that no reasonable jury could accept the plaintiffs’ claims. The court recognized that the AirTran MEC was called upon to exercise its judgment in difficult circumstances and concluded that the MEC’s actions were completely reasonable.
LaserSafetyMoves AnotherStepForward On March 15, ALPA pilots joined Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a press conference as he called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of high-powered green laser pointers to the public. Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, said, “ALPA will continue its efforts and work alongside Sen. Schumer, law enforcement, the airline industry, and others to raise awareness and reduce occurrences of this federal crime.” After Schumer argued his case about the dangers these devices pose when pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft, F/O Adam Chronas (Envoy Air), F/O Dan Genzale (Envoy Air), F/O David Hornblower (JetBlue), and Capt.
Gabriel Rubin (JetBlue) spoke on behalf of themselves and fellow pilots who have been lasered in flight.
ALPATakesPartin NTSBDiscussionon Distractions On March 31, ALPA safety representatives attended a roundtable discussion on the dangers of distraction that the NTSB hosted. Representatives from all forms of transportation, academia, law enforcement, and others discussed how humans become distracted, specific hazards pertinent to transportation, and strategies for combating distraction. ALPA was invited to share information about how airline pilots face distractions and how those distractions are mitigated. ALPA representatives emphasized the value of training, discipline, procedures intended to eliminate distraction, and professionalism as means to understand the nature of the threat and take action to address it.
ALPAParticipatesin NationalTraining AircraftSymposium Each year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) hosts the National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) to bring together stakeholders who have an interest in furthering efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training in a formal training, education, and academy environment. The 2015 NTAS took place March 15–17 in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the ERAU campus.
Members of ALPA’s Education Committee, Air Safety Organization, and Engineering & Air Safety Department attended the event and took part in discussions. The subject of the first day was the ADS-B “Out” mandate that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, and how that requirement will affect general aviation aircraft owners and operators. The second and final day’s discussions addressed the challenges and successes of the new certification training program course required to obtain an ATP with a multiengine class rating, as well as pilot supply issues.
ColombianPilots FightforTheirUnion In Bogota, Colombia, ALPA recently joined Colombian pilots represented by the Asociación Colombiana de Aviadores Civiles (ACDAC) to support the pilots in their quest to ensure that their union survives.
Often working in threatening environments, these pilots continue to fight to protect their bargaining rights. “We congratulate these union members in their heroic efforts to protect the piloting profession,” said Capt. Alfredo Suarez (United), representing ALPA. “The ACDAC members’ steadfast determination is an inspiration to us, and ALPA, International will continue to support their efforts.” In the past, the Association and the AFL-CIO have raised concerns with the U.S. Departments of State and Transportation about antiunion practices in Colombia. From left to right, F/O Chronas, Capt. Rubin, Sen.
Schumer, F/O Hornblower, and F/O Genzale.
May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 11 Pilot leaders from aviation organizations worldwide attended the event, including representatives from ALPA, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, Federación Sindical de Pilotos de Latino América, Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores de Mexico, and others. \ \ NewResources AvailableforFee-forDeparturePilots ALPA’s National Fee-forDeparture Committee has launched a new website, ffd.alpa.org, with resources designed specifically to help the Association’s fee-fordeparture members advance in their careers (see “CRM for Your Career,” page 46).
Get information on airline hiring and qualifications and even fill out an application online on the Career Progression page. The committee will continue to expand the site, so contact Capt. Paul Ryder (ExpressJet), the committee’s chairman, at Paul.Ryder@ alpa.org with suggestions regarding site content. Your feedback will help ALPA build better resources for you.
NextGen:Success ThroughCollaboration The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has released a new issue of NextGen Now with updates on efforts to modernize the U.S. national airspace system with safe and effective new equipment and procedures. The latest issue includes updates on specific initiatives as well as an industry perspective from Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, on page 30. To read NextGen Now, scan the QR code and join the conversation on social media with #NextGenNowUS and #FlyNextGen. \ \ FinancialPlanningfor YourFuture—AreYou OnCourse?
As chairman of ALPA’s National Retirement & Insurance (R&I) Committee, I understand the need for comprehensive financial services that fit a pilot’s unique lifestyle.
That’s why ALPA selected Charles Schwab as its preferred provider in 2009 to offer investment opportunities that make sense for airline pilots. ALPA recently asked Walt Bettinger, the president and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, what issues pilots should take into consideration when planning for their financial future. Please read “Q&A with Charles Schwab’s Walt Bettinger,” page 48, to learn what he had to say. Then take a moment to think about your personal financial goals and what it will take to help you achieve them.—F/OKenBinder (FedExExpress),Chairman, NationalR&ICommittee \ \ FedExExpressMEC HostsFamilyAwareness EventsinSeattleand Washington,D.C.
As the FedEx Express pilots continue their efforts to achieve a new contract, they also continue to host Family Awareness events throughout the country, most recently in Seattle, Wash., and the Washington, D.C., area. These events give pilots and their families an opportunity to discuss current events with Master Executive Council (MEC) officers and representatives.
On March 29, pilots and their families gathered at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Washington state to enjoy the museum’s displays and interactive exhibits, Strato Deck for airfield viewing, and simulator rides. Pilots and their families discussed current events with MEC representatives during lunch, followed by a tour of the Boeing plant. On April 12, D.C.-area pilots and their families gathered at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Following lunch with MEC representatives, pilots and family members toured hundreds of aircraft and spacecraft on display, viewed aircraft flying in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport from the observation tower, and watched restoration specialists at work.
The purpose of these events is twofold,” said Capt. Scott Stratton, the pilots’ MEC chairman. “First, these events allow us face-to-face interaction with our pilots and their families and an opportunity Colombian pilots union hosts a meeting in Bogota. FedEx Express pilots and families attend a Family Awareness event at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
12 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 » Front Lines to answer questions they may have while we are in mediation with the company regarding contract negotiations. Second, it’s a small gesture of our gratitude for our pilots and families continuing to stay engaged and supportive while we see this contract to an end.” \ \ TSB’sBearskin311 InvestigationReport HighlightsImportance OfPilotTraining On April 14, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on Bearskin Airlines Flight 311, making it clear that multiple factors were responsible for the Nov. 10, 2013, accident.
Our sympathies go out to all those affected by this tragic accident,” said Capt.
Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president. “It is incumbent on all of us to take these lessons learned and implement changes to prevent similar accidents in the future. We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively and closely with the minister of transport, other government officials, and airline industry representatives to address the safety issues identified in this accident.” ALPA praised the TSB’s in-depth analysis of the complex technical factors that led to this accident and is encouraged by the changes identified in the final report, which Bearskin and Transport Canada are implementing. “As reaffirmed by the TSB’s report, pilots must be given the system knowledge, tools, and skills to be able to respond to unexpected, abnormal, and potentially hazardous situations,” said Capt.
Dan Adamus (Jazz Aviation), ALPA Canada Board president. For decades, ALPA has advocated for improved airplane design that would provide flight crews with a clear signal of any malfunction, which was not the case in this accident.
FedEx Express Joins KCM; BOI and OMA Become Operational FedEx Express pilots became eligible to use the Known Crewmember (KCM) program on March 31. KCM now has 50 participating airlines. In other KCM news, Boise Airport (BOI) and Eppley Airfield (OMA) were recently added to the list of airports that have KCM access points. The ALPA-cosponsored security program has now processed more than 30 million enhanced security screenings of flightcrew members since it began in 2011. For the latest information about KCM, visit www. knowncrewmember.org or In Memoriam “To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check.”—Author unknown 2011 Capt.
Roger C. Anderson United August 2012 Capt. Gaylord A. Wynters Flying Tigers October 2014 Capt. Robert J. Kehoe TWA November S/O Edward F. Klappert TWA November Capt. Wayne A. Danielsen Eastern December Capt. Arthur D. Del Nero FlyingTigers December 2015 Capt. William A. Fife United January Capt. M.D. King Pan American January Capt. Thomas Morgan United January Capt. Edward G. Steiner FedEx Express January Capt. D.E. Bergeron Eastern February Capt. A.J. Ciciora United February Capt. J.A. Edelen, Jr. United February Capt. H.C. Heintz United February Capt. David J. Parrish United February Capt.
Robert W. Stamm Midway February Capt. Merrill D.
Wetherington United February Capt. David T. Allen Midway March Capt. Lewis S. Baldwin Eastern March Capt. Howard V. Bayne Flying Tigers March Capt. J.A. Benson Delta March Capt. Robert W. Cornell United March Capt. William C. Ellis Delta March Capt. Glenn D. Evans Delta March Capt. Bernard G. Fairbank US Airways March Capt. Arvel W. Haney Delta March Capt. Leslie C. Jacobs Delta March Capt. P.G. Jahn Eastern March Capt. Larry. B. Jividen United March Capt. J.D. Johnson Flying Tigers March Capt. Archibald J. Kingsley United March Capt. Richard L. Latterell Northwest March S/O John W. Locke FedEx Express March Capt.
Fred A. Manderioli US Airways March Capt. Donald A. Miller Northwest March Capt. Wesley H. Pate Eastern March Capt. Todd D. Perry Delta March Capt. Mario J. Peruzzi Delta March Capt. Hugh M. Pierce Eastern March Capt. H.P. Scott Eastern March Capt. Edward P. Smith Delta March Capt. William Sorbie, Jr. US Airways March Capt. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei Northwest March Capt. John C. “Jay” Steed Delta March F/O Kevin A. Tarrant United March Capt. Richard C. Zimmer Alaska March Capt. Raymond B. Brice United April Capt. Bruce W. Oswald Flying Tigers/ April FedEx Express CompiledfrominformationprovidedbyALPA’s MembershipAdministrationDepartment Solution to this month’s ALPA sudoku on page 58.
May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 13 use the KCM tab on the ALPA smartphone app. \ \ Give Your Teen a Summer to Remember Do you want your teen to travel abroad, learn about a new culture, further his or her foreign-language skills, and have the experience of a lifetime? International Youth Exchange (IYE), an innovative and affordable program, can make that happen. The program has matched more than 5,500 teens of airline families during the past 21 years. IYE connects teenagers, ages 14– 19, with similarly aged youths in other countries. They spend two weeks in each other’s homes, usually over summer break.
Many times the exchange results in lifelong friendship.
IYE has matched teens in a wide range of countries, including Australia (limited exchanges), Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. To learn more about IYE, visit www.intlyouth.org or contact Camille Wheeler, a retired Delta Air Lines staff member, at cwheeler@ intlyouth.org. ALPA Negotiations Update The following is a summary of the status of ALPA contract negotiations by airline as of April 10. Air Transat—A notice to bargain was filed on Dec. 30, 2014. Negotiations continue May 5–7 and 21–22; June 3–4, 9, and 16–18; and July 7–9.
Air Transport International—A Section 6 notice was received on Dec. 5, 2014. Negotiations are under way. Air Wisconsin—A Section 6 notice was filed on Oct. 1, 2010. Air Wisconsin filed for mediation on June 17, 2013. Mediation continues June 23–25. Atlantic Southeast—A Section 6 notice was filed on May 20, 2010. A joint Atlantic Southeast/ExpressJet Section 6 notice was filed on March 28, 2011. The pilots rejected a tentative agreement on Jan. 14, 2014. An application for joint mediation was filed on Feb. 12, 2014. Mediation is under way.
CanadianNorth—A notice to bargain was filed on Sept.
2, 2014. On April 20, the pilots overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract. Delta—A Section6noticewasfiledon April6. Negotiations areunderway. ExpressJet—A Section 6 notice was filed on May 20, 2010. A joint Atlantic Southeast/ExpressJet Section 6 notice was filed on March 28, 2011. The pilots rejected a tentative agreement on Jan. 14, 2014. An application for joint mediation was filed on Feb. 12, 2014. Mediation is under way. FedEx Express—A Section 6 notice was filed on Jan. 22, 2013. On Sept. 15, 2014, the FedEx Master Executive Council and management reached tentative agreements on 20 of 31 sections of the collective bargaining agreement.
On Oct. 31, 2014, the company filed an application for mediation. Remaining sections include work rules, retirement, insurance, training, compensation, and duration. Mediation continues.Hawaiian—A Section 6 notice was filed on Feb. 17, 2015. Negotiations continue May 6–8. JetBlue—A Section 6 notice was filed on March 2, 2015. Negotiations continue May 4–8. Mesa—A Section 6 notice was filed on Sept. 10, 2010. Negotiations continue May 12–14. SunCountry—A Section 6 notice was sent on Feb. 23, 2010. Sun Country filed for mediation on May 9, 2012. Mediation is under way. New ALPA Reps As of April 10, the Election Ballot and Certification Board certified election results for the following local councils:
- Delta 54 F/O Roger Goodwin, Secretary-Treasurer
- Endeavor Air 128 Capt. Lino Rojas, Chairman (Capt. Rep)
- Endeavor Air 128 F/O Jeffrey Wolf, Vice Chairman (F/O Rep)
- Endeavor Air 157 Capt. David Maynarich, Chairman (Capt. Rep)
- Endeavor Air 157 F/O James Johnson, Vice Chairman (F/O Rep)
- FedEx Express 500 Capt. John Walsh, Chairman (Seniority Block #14 Rep)
- FedEx Express 500 Capt. Daniel Colwell, Vice Chairman
- FedEx Express 500 F/O Roger (Andy) Anderson, Secretary-Treasurer � Capt.RayBrice,ALPASafetyStalwart,FliesWest Capt. Ray Brice (United, Ret.) passed away on April 11. Recipient of ALPA’s Air Safety Award, the Association’s highest honor for a line pilot volunteer for aviation safety work, Brice was a pillar of the United pilot group’s Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) and the Association’s national air safety structure.
From January 1996 through June 2002, Brice was chairman of United’s Master Executive Council (MEC) CASC. He received ALPA’s Air Safety Award for 1999 for his “significant contributions to flight safety while representing the best interests of airline pilots.” A pilot who began his long career with United as a mechanic, Brice was renowned as a great facilitator with superb people skills. He was able to bring together all of the parties involved in a safety issue—pilots, management, maintenance, flight attendants, dispatchers, and the FAA—and get them to sit down together and talk to each other.
He was well respected throughout United and the rest of the airline industry. Capt. Bob Sisk, the current United MEC CASC chairman, observed, “Ray was one of the most, if not the most, progressive CASC chairmen we’ve ever had. Many of the current vital facets of our aviation safety program, such as FOQA, ASAP, and FSIs, were implemented under his leadership. He set the bar high for those of us who follow in his footsteps.” OnInvesting To read the latest issue of On Investing from Charles Schwab, go to www.schwab.com/oninvesting. It’s an added benefit for members through ALPA’s partnership with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., as the Association’s preferred financial services provider.
- 14 » Air Line Pilot May 2015 » Market Stats 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 - (500) Thousands Annual Change in Total Scheduled Seats Between the Persian Gulf and North America 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
- Persian Gulf Carriers
- U.S. Carriers Capacity T he big three Persian Gulf airlines’ capacity to North America has grown dramatically over the past five years. Meanwhile, U.S. airlines have seen their capacity decline during the same time frame. The chart shows that Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar have increased their total number of seats between the Persian Gulf and North America by 180 percent in the last five years. U.S. carriers have seen their seats dwindle by 27 percent.
This capacity growth is expected to continue, as Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar have a significant number of airplanes on order. Such growth would be acceptable if the economic output of the region mirrored the number of airplanes on order. However, this has not been the case recently. U.S. economic output has averaged 2.3 percent for the past five years, while the gross domestic product in the United Arab Emirates has averaged 4.3 percent. This is significantly less than the 23 percent annual increase in capacity these Persian Gulf carriers have been adding.
MARKETWATCH AIRLINES PARENT COMPANY STOCK SYMBOL 3/31/14 3/31/15 % CHG.
JetBlue JetBlue Airways Corporation NASDAQ: JBLU $8.69 $19.25 121.5% Jazz Aviation Chorus Aviation TSX: CHR.B $3.75 $5.99 59.7% Hawaiian Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. NASDAQ: HA $13.96 $22.03 57.8% United United Continental Holdings, Inc. NYSE: UAL $44.63 $67.25 50.7% Envoy Air, Piedmont, PSA American Airlines Group, Inc. NASDAQ: AAL $36.60 $52.78 44.2% Alaska Alaska Air Group, Inc. NYSE: ALK $46.30 $66.18 42.9% Spirit Spirit Airlines, Inc. NASDAQ: SAVE $59.40 $77.36 30.2% Delta, Endeavor Air Delta Air Lines NYSE: DAL $34.65 $44.96 29.8% FedEx Express FedEx Corporation1 NYSE: FDX $132.56 $165.45 24.8% Air Transport International Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
NASDAQ: ATSG $7.85 $9.22 17.5% Atlantic Southeast, ExpressJet SkyWest, Inc.2 NASDAQ: SKYW $12.76 $14.61 14.5% Bearskin, Calm Air Exchange Income Corporation TSX: EIF $20.53 $21.35 4.0% Air Transat Transat A.T., Inc. TSX: TRZ.B $8.10 $6.17 -23.8% 1 FedEx Corporation announced a $0.20 dividend on March 9, 2015. 2 SkyWest announced a $0.04 dividend on March 27, 2015. SOURCE: OAG. Persian Gulf airlines are Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar. U.S. airlines include American, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways.
Photo: “TheU.S.inventedaviation, andwehavetheworld’s safestsystem.Weneed tocontinuetoleadby example.Wemustcontinue tomodernizeandmake thesystemmoreefficient whilekeepingsafety asourtoppriority.Our [nationalairspacesystem] istoovaluabletocontinue downthispathofunstable funding.” —wrote Paul Rinaldi, National Air Traffic Controllers Association president, in NATCA’s NextGen Now, Volume 1, Issue 3 “[W]e are now well into the 21st century; however, many of our systems and regulatory platforms are for a 20th century world. Now is the time for Congress, stakeholders, and the community to work together to do something big, to ensure that our leadership in aviation is maintained.” —testified Rep.
Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, during the March 3 hearing “Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization: Enabling a 21st Century Aviation System” » On the Record The quotes on this page are compiled from congressional testimony, speeches, news clips, and other public documents. ALPA does not necessarily endorse these views but rather is informing members of recent statements by significant industry stakeholders. “There’s no question U.S. carriers can compete against any airline in the world, but we can’t be expected to compete against foreign governments and their bottomless resources.” —remarked Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO, during the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C. “We cannot allow air carriers based in certain Gulf states to collect billions in subsidies from their home governments to undercut U.S. aviation and our country’s vital standards for workers’ rights. We welcome and encourage competition, but these massive subsidies distort the world market and tilt the playing field so drastically against us we have no choice but to come together to defend our jobs.” —commented Sara Nelson, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA president, on March 19 in announcing that the union has joined the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies in its efforts to ensure that U.S.-based airlines are allowed to compete on a level global playing field May 2015 Air Line Pilot » 15