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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.

The Allied Pilots Association in Washington, D.C.

The APA leadership understands that the direction of the airline pilot profession is determined in large measure by policymakers in Washington, D.C. The APA Government Affairs Committee is entrusted with serving as the voice of APA pilots in our nation's capital.

APA’s positions on important aviation safety- and security-related issues are based on the pilot's perspective as a subject-matter expert. All APA Government Affairs Committee members are current line-flying pilots for American Airlines with thousands of hours of experience in large civilian transport and high-performance military aircraft.

APA’s legislative success can be partially attributed to the strength of the union’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fund. The APA PAC is used solely for congressional campaigns and does not fund any other APA expenses or salaries.

APA is also a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations, which includes approximately 28,000 professional pilots who work for a variety of passenger and cargo carriers.

APA’s Principal Legislative Interests:

  • Strengthen the profession to attract and retain the most highly experienced pilots possible.
  • Promote and support regulatory policies that enhance aviation safety and security.
  • Enhance pilot qualifications and training.
  • Minimize the impact of Chapter 11 reorganization on the career expectations of our pilots.
  • Encourage technical corrections and program improvements to the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) Program.
  • Promote reform of the federal aviation regulations on flight and duty time to reduce the risk of flight crew fatigue. Duty day, daily flight hours, ultra long-range flying and international reserve rest are all of concern.

APA History: The First 25 Years

By CA Dick Lyons

APA Leadership

APA President

Captain Eric Ferguson has flown the Airbus A320 since 2003, when he was hired by America West Airlines. In 2005, that carrier merged with US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in 2013.

Captain Ferguson has a long history of pilot advocacy, including seniority integration-related matters in the two mergers. His efforts on behalf of PHX-based pilots led them to elect him to the boards of the US Airline Pilots Association and APA, where he worked on behalf of all pilots of the combined airlines.

Captain Ferguson left the APA board shortly after the final integration of the American, America West, and US Airways seniority lists, which allowed PHX-based pilots to transfer to other domiciles. He has since served on the APA Negotiating Committee, including a stint as its chairman.

Captain Ferguson graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Baptist University in 1993, and is also a certificated aircraft mechanic. He is based at DFW and resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife and son.

APA Vice President

Captain Patrick O'Rourke was hired by American Airlines in 1999. He currently flies the Airbus A320, but he has also piloted the Boeing 777 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.

Captain O'Rourke was a long time aviator for the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel after 28 years of active duty. His military service included multiple combat tours in Iraq.

Prior to his election, Captain O'Rourke volunteered as a member of APA's Negotiating and Communications Committees.

Captain O'Rourke is a graduate of King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and he holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida. He is based at DFW and resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife. Between them, they have eight grown children.

APA Secretary-Treasurer

First Officer Patrick Clark was hired by American Airlines in 1991. He has piloted the Boeing 787 on international routes, and he has logged domestic time on the Boeing 727, the Boeing 737, and the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. Prior to joining American, he was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Marine Corps.

First Officer Clark's years of APA experience include terms as deputy chairman of the Operational Analysis Committee and former Technical Analysis and Scheduling Committee. Much of the analysis performed by these committees is made possible by technology that First Officer Clark created.

First Officer Clark is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He is based at DFW and resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife.