Allied Pilots Association

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 professional pilots who fly for American Airlines. APA was founded in 1963 and is the largest independent pilots’ union in the world. APA provides a broad range of representation services for its members and devotes more than 20 percent of its dues income to support aviation safety.

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Reuters, May 21


After Singapore Airlines turbulence accident, flight crews urge buckling up

Pilots and flight attendants are urging the public to buckle up after severe turbulence encountered by a Singapore Airlines flight resulted in one death and dozens of injuries. “The seatbelt sign means something,” APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told Reuters, “and if you leave it on all the time, it means nothing.” Read the article ...

 

Fox Business, May 21


Boeing has a ‘moral compass problem,’ veteran pilot argues

Although Boeing has lost $40 billion worth of market capitalization under CEO Dave Calhoun, he was rewarded with a compensation package worth nearly $33 million. APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told Fox Business this news underscores that Boeing “has more than a safety culture problem. They have a moral compass problem.” Read the article ...

 


THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, MAY 9


Record-setting summer schedule to test American Airlines’ improved reliability

American Airlines is expecting more than 72 million travelers this summer. APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told The Dallas Morning News that the airline is flying older planes longer, and those planes require higher frequency of maintenance. “It’s the preventative checks on the airplanes that we’re concerned about,” he said. Read the article ...


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APA Public Statements

APA Praises Congress for Approving FAA Reauthorization Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association Praises Congress for Approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, praised Congress for approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024. “This legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented travel demand while upholding the highest standards of safety,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “The U.S. airline industry isn’t just the world’s largest — it’s also the world’s safest — and we look forward to building on our proud legacy as the global leader in aviation safety. “On behalf of the 16,000 American Airlines pilots the Allied Pilots Association represents, I want to express our gratitude to House and Senate leadership for their skillful handling of this landmark legislation,” Capt. Sicher said. “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 includes provisions to augment staffing in our industry, strengthen pilot training requirements, and ensure fair treatment of pilot mental health issues to encourage self-disclosure, to cite just a few of its many beneficial aspects. “We respectfully request that President Biden promptly sign the legislation into law and look forward to seeing its many long-awaited enhancements to our National Airspace System become a reality.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

Allied Pilots Association Urges “Timely Approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association Urges “Timely Approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024” FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, lauded Congress for its work on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 and urged the legislation’s prompt passage. “Timely approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 is in the best interests of the traveling public,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “The United States leads the world in commercial aviation. The U.S. market isn’t just the world’s largest — it’s also the world’s safest — and enacting this vitally important legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented demand while upholding the highest standards of safety. “We also urge lawmakers to refrain from including any language that would raise the mandatory retirement age for pilots from 65 to 67,” he said. “Data supports maintaining mandatory retirement at age 65, consistent with International Civil Aviation Organization standards. The Department of Transportation and airline labor groups likewise support maintaining the current requirement.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

Presidential Grievance: PBS Awards Error

Presidential Grievance: PBS Awards Error As the Scheduling Committee affirmed in its membership update yesterday, we became aware that not all pilot Vacation Extension (VEX) days were respected upon publication of the PBS awards, with hundreds of trips issued in error. In related discussions with management this afternoon, the Scheduling Committee conveyed APA’s position that pilots who were affected by this error should have the option to drop the trips and be paid. Management refused, claiming they don’t have to issue PBS awards until the 18th of the month and indicated they would be rerunning and publishing the awards this evening. The Bidding Timeline in the PBS MOU clearly states that “PBS Bidding Closes” on the “13th day of month prior @ 12:00 HBT” and that "PBS Award Official Publication" is “NLT 16th day of month prior @ 12:00 HBT.” The PBS MOU also states the following: “A pilot’s final bid award shall be available for review in PBS upon award publication.” In response to management’s incorrect interpretation of the language in the PBS MOU, I am filing an Expedited Presidential Grievance seeking enforcement of the MOU, along with relief in the form of financial compensation for pilots who are monetarily impacted and penalties for not complying with the MOU timelines. We will also seek enhanced penalties to deter any future noncompliance with the timelines. While management has previously failed to comply with the MOU timelines, this is far and away the most egregious instance, and we will not permit management to reinterpret binding contract language at will simply because it’s easier for them to do so. Instead, we will aggressively insist on full compliance. CA Ed Sicher APA President

Safety First. Safety Always.

Safety First. Safety Always. By now, I trust most of you have had an opportunity to read the membership update the APA Safety Committee issued on Saturday detailing the adverse safety trends APA has been tracking. In response to my request, we met with senior management earlier this month to discuss the operational hazards we have identified. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the APA Safety Committee and Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee, we now have management’s full attention. We secured management’s commitment to involve the union earlier in the safety risk assessment (SRA) process, and we are likewise seeking a commitment that APA will have a seat at the table for the entire quality assurance process. APA is squarely focused on finding solutions – which will require collaboration between the union and management – and management’s initial response to our concerns was encouraging. As APA presses forward with its efforts to protect and enhance the margin of safety at American Airlines, we will keep you apprised of our progress. In turn, thank you for continuing to keep us informed of safety- and maintenance-related issues by documenting them via an ASAP Report or Maintenance and Technical Analysis Debrief – your feedback is vital. The data you provide cannot be ignored or dismissed. We have a responsibility to ensure a safe operation, and it is a responsibility your union takes seriously. Thank you for you continued vigilance in protecting our passengers and crews. CA Ed Sicher APA President

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