Monthly Archives: August 2012

Airbus and China make a push for alternative fuels

Alternative fuels are critical for both energy independence and national security, and the U.S. should invest in these fuels through policies like the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act (S. 1079), which would help the Defense Department procure domestically … Continue reading

Posted in Biofuels, Fuel Prices, Leveling the Playing Field | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Australian Government to link Emissions Trading System with EU

Yesterday, the Australian Government and the European Union agreed on a pathway to link their respective emissions trading systems.  In addition to a carbon tax on stationary sources, this linkage will include the emissions from aircraft.  Our concern with a … Continue reading

Posted in EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Leveling the Playing Field | Tagged | Leave a comment

DOT Concerned About NextGen Progress

NextGen will improve the air traffic control and aviation systems and ultimately the bottom line for airlines by improving safety, increasing capacity, and reducing fuel costs.  ALPA has advocated for the advancement of NextGen, and successfully fought for the passage … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Safety, NextGen | Tagged | Leave a comment

U.S. Sequestration Would Undercut the FAA’s Capacity To Serve Air Transport

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration would have to slash its operations budget and could not support current levels of passenger and air cargo activity if the process of automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” takes effect in January as scheduled. In … Continue reading

Posted in Sequestration | Tagged , | 1 Comment

New report outlines devastating effects of sequestration on air travel

A recent report released by the Aerospace Industries Association predicts thousands of job losses and up to 10% reductions in air traffic if automatic budget cuts enacted by Congress, known as sequestration, are allowed to hit the FAA on January … Continue reading

Posted in Appropriations News, NextGen, Sequestration | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fuel prices continue to rise- what can we do about it?

Last week, AAA reported fuel prices are rising, up nearly a quarter from this time last month.  Fuel represents an airline’s biggest cost, and as aviation employees ALPA pilots are exceedingly concerned about the impact of fuel prices on the … Continue reading

Posted in Biofuels, EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Fuel Prices, Leveling the Playing Field | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Cravaack wants more money to arm pilots

Article by: COREY MITCHELL Star Tribune August 7, 2012 – 10:02 PM WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is challenging the Transportation Security Administration and the White House over potential cuts to a program that arms airline pilots as the … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Security, FFDO program | Leave a comment

Known Crewmember Expansion Benefits Pilots and Public

TSA has recently opened new Known Crewmember (KCM) lanes at airports in Las Vegas, New York, Detroit and Chicago.  KCM is a program which screens authorized airline personnel, like pilots, using a technologically modern and more efficient screening process.  The program is … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Security, Leveling the Playing Field | Tagged , | Leave a comment

73% support more Wall Street regulation

Recently, a poll was conducted to gauge support for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which became law two years ago.  An overwhelming 73% of those polled support the idea that Wall Street needs to be further regulated.  During consideration … Continue reading

Posted in Fuel Prices, Leveling the Playing Field | Tagged , | 2 Comments