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Artful ALPA Speaks Out on Pending and Past Airline Legislation

A Tale of False Equivalencies

As Congress remains pedantically about its deliberations of legislation germane to the refilling of the FAA’s coffers and the redefining of the agency’s charter, as it were, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has issued the following statement for purpose of commemorating the enactment of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, which the union contends “significantly raised the bar on pilot training and has led to the safest period in U.S. aviation history.”

ALPA’s statement reads:

“Today, our nation marks the 13th anniversary of the enactment of one of the most effective aviation safety measures in U.S. history—a bipartisan law that has reduced U.S. airline passenger fatalities by 99.8 percent. After a series of high-profile fatal airline accidents, lawmakers from both parties came together and collectively put the interests of the flying public ahead of special interests, and acted to raise the bar on air safety.  Today, some argue we must compromise safety to satisfy the interests of certain corporate interests. Airline pilots and the flying public reject this false choice, and Congress should as well. We are grateful to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senators Cantwell, and Duckworth, along with Representatives Higgins, Langworthy and Tenney for their bi-partisan leadership and commitment to preserving these life-saving pilot training rules. We remain unwavering in our opposition to any reauthorization bill that attempts to gut these safety measures.

“This critical 2010 law would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the families of Flight 3407, who turned their grief into action to ensure that no other families would have to suffer the loss they had to endure. Their tremendous advocacy resulted in significant positive changes in aviation, and we thank and honor them for their continued efforts that have helped make the United States the gold standard of airline safety.”

Since the passage of the Airline Safety Act of 2010, the United States has experienced a 99.8% reduction in airline fatalities—so states ALPA.

Founded in 1931 and representing over 74,000 pilots in the employs of 42 U.S. and Canadian airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the world’s largest and most influential pilot union.

FMI: www.alpa.org

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