Category Archives: Aviation Safety

Congress must act to ensure the safety of lithium battery shipments by air

Published  in The Hill & Leadership from the Cockpit on December 30, 2015 By Capt. Tim Canoll Airlines have been making news lately for imposing restrictions on certain items aboard aircraft. An all-out ban on hoverboards and limitations on e-cigarettes … Continue reading

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If One Hoverboard Poses Too Much Fire Risk on an Airliner, Shouldn’t Shipments of Lithium Batteries be Banned?

Over the past two weeks, airlines throughout the world have announced voluntary bans on the passenger carriage of hoverboards on aircraft. These boards pose a serious threat to the safety of aircraft because of their power source: lithium batteries. Each … Continue reading

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ALPA President Testifies on Keeping NAS Safe During UAS Integration

ALPA President, Captain Lee Moak testified today before the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) safe integration into the National Airspace System (NAS). With a number of recent news reports highlighting “near miss” incidents between airliners and … Continue reading

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ALPA Pilots Host Fly-in to #denyNAI

More than 100 aviation workers, including pilots from 14 ALPA member airlines, hit Capitol Hill Wednesday as part of ALPA’s Day of Action, urging members of Congress to continue sending the U.S. Department of Transportation a loud and clear message … Continue reading

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ALPA’s Campaign to Stop Cockpit Laser Illumination Progresses in U.S. and Canada

As the threat of high powered lasers being pointed at airliners during critical phases of flight continue to be a threat to aviation safety, ALPA and the FBI continue to partner in a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers … Continue reading

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Support the Saracini Aviation Safety Act

Captain Lee Moak sent a letter today to Members of Congress urging support for HR 1775, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013. In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward … Continue reading

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One Level of Safety for All Pilots Now: Pass the Safe Skies Act.

Yesterday ALPA safety representatives attended the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative hearing into UPS Flight 1354, an all-cargo flight which crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on August 14, 2013. Pilot fatigue emerged as a … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea Bill on Transportation Committee Agenda Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will consider H.R. 3578.  This legislation will require the FAA to follow the appropriate rulemaking process in order to make any changes to medical certification for pilots and air traffic controllers with regard to … Continue reading

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ALPA Hails Senate Introduction of Safe Skies Act

Today Senators Boxer (D-CA), Cantwell (D-WA), and Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a Senate version of the Safe Skies Act of 2013.  This important legislation will ensure that all airline pilots have the same level of protection from fatigue by applying the … Continue reading

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ALPA Commends FAA and DOT upon Announcement of New Pilot Training Rules

WASHINGTON—Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) applauded an announcement made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move forward with the implementation of new training rules for air carrier pilots. The new rules were announced today by U.S. … Continue reading

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