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.

HEADLINES

APA in the News

News Nation, Jan. 25


FAA has to got to stop this madness: Pilot on Boeing safety concerns

“Boeing is failing right now to produce a reliable and, most importantly, safe product on a consistent basis,” APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told News Nation. “This airplane, the MAX, is built on executive excuses and exemptions from rules that other airplanes have to have to fly safe. And the FAA has just got to stop this madness.” “Don’t cherry-pick.” Watch the interview ...

Fox Business, Jan. 25


American Airlines pilot to Boeing: Stop acting like a plane manufacturer and be one

APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told Fox Business that single-pilot operations will not fly in commercial aviation. “Two experienced and trained pilots can make the difference between life and death, and they did on that Alaska flight, so we’ve got to make sure that the federal government doesn’t mess with that minimum level as well.” Watch the interview ...

 

The Seattle Times, Jan. 25


Opposition grows to Boeing 737 MAX 7 safety exemption

Capt. Dennis Tajer told The Seattle Times that APA is asking American Airlines about the protocol if an engine anti-ice valve is stuck open so that the system is on and the pilot cannot turn it off. The current checklist for that scenario doesn’t tell the pilot to land at the nearest airport, and yet that seems to contradict the instruction to not fly for more than five minutes in dry air with the system turned on. Read the article ...

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

APA Public Statements

WebTPA Security Incident

WebTPA Security Incident On Dec. 28, 2023, WebTPA, the third-party administrator for the APA Voluntary Supplemental Medical Plan (SMP), detected evidence of suspicious activity on its network and immediately launched an investigation. While their investigation is not yet complete, WebTPA recently notified APA that it appears an unauthorized actor accessed information on WebTPA’s network. WebTPA is still uncertain as to the extent of the security incident and whether it affected any APA members. We will keep you apprised as we learn more from WebTPA. What we have been told is that certain WebTPA files containing eligibility information such as name, contact information, date of birth, gender, Social Security number, member identification number, and subscriber identification number may have been accessed. While we do not know for certain whether information relating to any APA members has been impacted by this cybersecurity incident, given the nature of the information involved, we encourage all members who are or have been enrolled in the APA Voluntary Supplemental Medical Plan (SMP) to remain vigilant in checking their financial statements, credit reports, and any communications related to their health care for suspicious activity. WebTPA has assured APA that it promptly initiated measures to mitigate the threat and further secure its network. The industry-leading cyber response team WebTPA retained has determined the incident is now contained and WebTPA’s information systems are secured. APA has also secured a commitment from WebTPA that it will provide credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, at no cost, to any members who may be determined to have been impacted by this incident. Once again, we will update you on this situation as we learn more from WebTPA. In the meantime, please direct any questions to WebTPA at webtpa.compliance@webtpa.com or 1-800-758-0989.

Update on FAA Reauthorization

Update on FAA Reauthorization  Fellow APA pilots,  Your Government Affairs Committee is on the ground in Washington, D.C., monitoring the latest developments regarding the reauthorization of the FAA. This morning, the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 (S. 1939), which is the Senate’s version of the FAA reauthorization bill. The House passed their version in July 2023. During today’s hearing, an amendment to the bill that would have raised the mandatory pilot retirement age to 67 was rejected on a 14-13 vote. The committee then unanimously approved a version of the bill that did not include any changes to the retirement age. The mandatory retirement age has been a hot topic in the aviation community. APA, in concert with ALPA and SWAPA, opposes a change to the mandatory retirement age. While today’s Senate committee vote is a significant development, the debate to raise the age is still not over. Once S.1939 reaches the Senate floor for a vote, this provision could be offered again as an amendment to the bill. Additionally, the Senate bill’s differences with the House bill will need to be reconciled in what is called a “conference.” The House of Representatives has included the increase to age 67 in their version. Although the retirement age issue has not been fully settled yet, there are many wins in S.1939 that your Government Affairs Committee has been tirelessly advocating for on your behalf. These advances have had broad bipartisan support. They include: Strengthening FAA oversight of foreign repair stations working on U.S. aircraft to ensure one level of safety and support for U.S.-certified mechanics. Improving a cabin air safety provision to advance rules for airlines to provide training and reporting for fume events. Expanding and increasing funding for the FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grant program to support the education and recruitment of pilots. We will continue to keep you updated on further developments as this bill reaches the Senate floor and is conferenced with the House. If you have further questions, please reach out to your Government Affairs Committee at CMTE-GAC@alliedpilots.org .

HND Accident

Accident at Tokyo Haneda Airport APA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the five crew members who died on board a Japan Coast Guard Dash-8 that collided with Japan Airlines Flight 516 at HND on Tuesday. We also commend the outstanding response by the crew and ground personnel for safely evacuating all 379 passengers and crew on board the JAL A350, and we are hopeful for a full recovery by those who sustained injuries. APA stands ready to assist any APA member who has been affected by this tragic accident, and we extend that same offer of assistance to the broader aviation community. We look forward to learning all we can from what happened at HND to prevent any recurrence. APA’s robust team of safety subject-matter experts remains committed to preserving and enhancing the margin of safety throughout commercial aviation.

Veterans Day 2023

Veterans Day 2023 The tradition of celebrating our veterans on Nov. 11 began during World War I. The fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on that date because an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. If you have an opportunity to thank a veteran today, please join me in doing so. A great many of our pilots are veterans, including your APA National Officers. Vice President CA Chris Torres and I flew fighter jets for the Air Force, and Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark was a helicopter pilot for the Marine Corps. CA Torres, FO Clark, and every other veteran in our pilot ranks deserve our eternal gratitude for their service to this great nation. If they and countless others throughout our nation’s history had not stepped up, our world would be very different indeed.

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