Vol. 1 No. 3

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Upcoming ALPA-Sponsored Safety Meetings

ALPA Air Safety Forum — The 2002 ALPA Air Safety Forum will be held August 21–22 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s Forum is "Safety and Security —Meeting the New Challenge."

Opening ceremonies for the public forum will include comments from Capt. Duane Woerth, ALPA’s president, and Capt. John Cox (US Airways), ALPA Executive Air Safety Chairman, and a keynote speech by The Honorable John Magaw, U.S. Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Transportation Security. The FAA, aircraft manufacturers, NAV Canada, and other airline industry representatives will speak on a wide variety of topics.

For more information about this year’s Air Safety Forum, please call the ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department at 1-800-424-2470.


ALPA International Aviation Security Academy (IASA) — ALPA’s Fall 2002 IASA will be held November 4–8, at the Hotel Royal Plaza, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, Fla., located near the downtown Disney Resort area.

For more information about the upcoming IASA, please call the ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department at 1-800-424-2470.


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Fourteen Years and Counting
While much of the public and congressional attention has been focused on issues related to arming airline cockpits, one of the most frustrating situations for us has been the continuation of the 14-year delay in getting a smart-card universal access system installed at U.S. airline airports."

The Last Line of Defense
"ALPA, as an organization, cannot meekly fold its hands in its lap and leave it at that."

ALPA Testifies on Arming Flight Crews
"Capt. Steve Luckey, chairman of ALPA’s National Security Committee, on May 2 presented the Association’s position on arming flight crews to the House Aviation Subcommittee."

Criminal History Records Checks
"The rule should provide for some due process for pilots in this or similar circumstances to show that past conduct does not affect airport security

ALPA, Industry Push for 'Smart Card' Access-Control IDs
Lack of such a system for airport employees, travelers, and transient flight and cabin crews 'continues to unnecessarily complicate all of our shared efforts to further enhance aviation security.'"

Use Caution When Asking to Withdraw from Screening
"To preclude any problems, pilots are advised to exercise caution and discretion when asking to withdraw from security screening after the screening process begins."

Michigan Toughens Airline Weapons Stance, ALPA Warns
"In some states, you can now be prosecuted under federal and state laws for forgetting to leave your pocketknife at home."

Canadian Update
"In the 9 months since Sept. 11, 2001, ALPA staff and pilot volunteers in Canada have continued to provide input to TC’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee and its working groups on airport and aircraft operations security."

Cargo Security
"Cargo operations are currently at significant risk due to the absence of basic security measures to protect the aircraft, cargo, and flight crews."

ALPA's Views in the News
"We continue to receive scores of calls from reporters every week regarding aviation security ... now they know who we are and where to go for the viewpoint of professional airline pilots."

Ghosts at Five and Seven O'Clock
"Key FAA and Department of Defense (DOD) officials met April 10 in Washington, D.C. ... to discuss procedures used by the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and the FAA when F-15 or F-16 fighters are called upon to intercept a civilian airliner."

ALPA Opposes Boeing Petitions For Exemption on B-747/67 Doors
"An exemption in this area of the regulations could ultimately place the flight crew, passengers, and the aircraft in jeopardy."

International Aviation Security Academy
"'Keeping all individuals who deal with security informed of the rapidly changing events in this arena is important. Our feedback indicates the Academy does a tremendous job in that area.'"

Update on Restoring Off-Line Jumpseats
"ALPA is strongly promoting implementation and use of the TWIC system to positively verify the identity and employment status of all airline pilots and government employees who need to ride the cockpit jumpseat."

FBI Plays UAL Flight 93 CVR Tape Over ALPA Objections
"'Our compassion and understanding, however, must not overshadow our determination to protect the CVR as an effective tool in the accident investigation process.'"

FBI Response to ALPA on Airing United Flight 93 CVR Recording
"'The September 11 terrorist attacks ... continue to present us with unprecedented situations and challenges, not the least of which has been the need to balance the needs and rights of many groups and individuals.'"

ALPA Pilots United with America is published by the Communications Department of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, to provide important security-related information and airline industry developments to ALPA members.