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ALPA Expresses Support for Boeing Congressional Oversight Efforts

ALPA Prez Ambrosi Applauds Congressional Boeing Oversight

On April 17, 2024, in response to recent U.S. Senate hearings scrutinizing Boeing's safety practices, Captain Jason Ambrosi, president of the Air Line Pilots Association International, expressed strong support for the oversight efforts. The hearings, spearheaded by Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, addressed concerns over Boeing's handling of safety protocols in their manufacturing processes and whistleblower treatments.

Captain Ambrosi emphasized the critical role of airline pilots in maintaining what is recognized as the safest aviation system globally. He emphasized the rigorous training pilots undergo to ensure passenger and crew safety. The presence of at least two highly trained pilots on every flight deck, along with collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation stakeholders, forms the backbone of this secure environment.

However, Ambrosi pointed out that maintaining safety is an ongoing challenge that requires constant vigilance. He called for further improvements in aircraft certification processes, including greater consideration of human factors and more extensive pilot input in aircraft design. Ambrosi also advocated for enhanced safety reporting tools that allow employees to raise concerns without fear of retaliation.

ALPA's response underscores the organization's historic commitment to upholding stringent safety standards and supporting measures that foster a non-punitive safety culture. This stance aligns with their long-standing mission since ALPA's founding in 1931, representing over 77,000 pilots across 41 airlines in the U.S. and Canada.

The association's endorsement of the Senate's focus on Boeing reflects a broader industry push towards enhancing regulatory processes and ensuring that aircraft design and operations meet the highest safety standards possible. This proactive approach by ALPA and the aviation community aims to sustain public confidence in air travel and prevent future incidents by advocating for transparency and accountability within the industry.

FMI: ALPA.org

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