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July 31, 2014  -  No. 157

In This Issue
Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Crash Site
Report: Jet hit unlisted pole in fatal Ga. crash
Jet makes emergency landing after smoke reported in cockpit
Does Delta Air Lines Finally Understand Kid Seat Safety Rule?
TSA agent arrested after taking taxi to LaGuardia Airport without paying
Can India regain Category I aviation safety rating from FAA?
Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience
Airbus A350XWB: On board the world's newest passenger jet
WomenVenture celebrates power of women in aviation
Embry-Riddle Debuts Free Online Aviation Class
Upcoming Events
Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Crash Site

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.

Fighting along the route to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had for several days kept the delegation from reaching the area.

A rifle-toting militiaman at a checkpoint on the approach to the crash site at the village of Rozsypnoe allowed investigators clear passage, but fired a warning shot to keep reporters from proceeding any further.

The militiaman, who gave his name only as Sergei, told Associated Press journalists that fighting was still ongoing in Rozsypne.

Police and forensic experts from the Netherlands and Australia were expected to initially focus their efforts on retrieving bodies still on the site and collect victims' belongings.

Reporters who attempted to reach the site from another approach were warned by local residents warned that some roads to the crash site had been mined.

Near Hrabove, another village around which fragments of the plane remained uncollected, AP reporters saw mortar fire coming down at a spot within a few hundred meters.

It remains unclear exactly how many bodies remain and what condition they are in after being exposed for so long to the elements.

A delegation from Russia's state aviation body said Thursday it also hoped to visit the site, an agency spokesman said Thursday.

Sergei Izvolsky told the AP that a delegation of Russian specialists from Rosaviatsiya was due in Kiev Thursday to participate in the investigation.

Representatives of the Dutch and Ukrainian commissions would not comment on the arrival of Russian officials. Continuing fighting has hindered access to the crash site, located in rebel-controlled territory in east Ukraine.

Ukraine's parliament, meanwhile, voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Yatsenyuk had said last week he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting him and parliament balked at passing laws he said were essential to fund the country's war against pro-Russian separatists.


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Report: Jet hit unlisted pole in fatal Ga. crash

THOMSON, Ga. - A private jet hit a utility pole that wasn't listed on aeronautical charts before running into trees and bursting into flames last February, killing a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the plane with Vein Guys medical practice employees aboard hit the unlighted pole at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport near Augusta the night of Feb. 20, 2013. The plane's six seats were found scattered among the fiery wreckage and were detached from the floor of the aircraft, according to the report.

The plane's left wing hit the pole as it was lifting off after a failed landing attempt, NTSB investigators said. The pilot aborted the landing after a warning light for the Beechcraft 390 Premier jet's anti-skid system illuminated.

Georgia Power built the pole in 1989, but didn't notify the Federal Aviation Administration, and the obstruction wasn't listed on aeronautical charts, according to the NTSB report. The pole supplied power to a nearby textile plant.

"The pole and its involvement with airspace at the airport is currently under review by the FAA. The FAA is conducting further study on the pole in question and a final determination has not been made," said Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright.

Georgia Department of Transportation inspections in 2010 and 2012 found that the airport met minimum state safety requirements, but didn't meet federal requirements for precision and visual approaches, according to the NTSB report. Airport officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Dr. Steven Roth, 48, who was killed in the crash, routinely traveled between the medical practice's satellite clinics in Atlanta, Nashville, Tennessee, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Four members of Roth's traveling medical team also died. Roth and his colleagues treated patients for varicose and spider veins, and other vascular diseases affecting the legs.

The plane's South Carolina-based pilot and co-pilot both survived but were seriously injured, according to the report.

The NTSB plans to release a probable cause report on the crash later.


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Jet makes emergency landing after smoke reported in cockpit

An American Eagle passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing at La Guardia Airport Wednesday afternoon when the pilot reported smoke coming from within the cockpit, sources said.
The Embraer jet with 46 passengers aboard took off for Knoxville, Tenn., at about 3 p.m., but quickly ran into trouble, the sources said.

The pilot reported a heavy smoke condition and after turning the aircraft around, he was able to land safely at 3:20 p.m. without incident on runway 22, the sources said.

The plane was met by PAPD cops assigned to the Crash Fire Rescue Unit who helped evacuate the passengers and at least three crew members.

One passenger suffered a minor injury, but declined medical attention, a source said.
PAPD personnel were assessing the situation following the landing and it was not immediately clear what had caused the smoke problem.


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Does Delta Air Lines Finally Understand Kid Seat Safety Rule?

By: John Goglia

In an incident dismayingly similar to one involving American Airlines, a Delta Air Lines commuter, Shuttle America, refused to allow a passenger traveling with her 9-month old son to use an aircraft-approved infant car seat even though she had specifically purchased a seat so her child could fly safely. In this case, Katie Kinnane bought a ticket for her infant on Delta Air Lines for a trip on July 11 from LaGuardia Airport to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, the crew on that flight was not as educated on FAA rules for flying safely with children as Ms. Kinanne was. The crew thwarted her attempts to use an aircraft-approved car seat in what appears to be another violation of federal rules by an airline. Those rules require that an airline allow a parent to use an approved car seat if a seat has been purchased for the child and is weight-appropriate.

In spite of the passenger showing the crew that the seat she wanted to use was FAA-approved and carried all the appropriate markings, she was not allowed to use the seat because of Shuttle America's - and Delta's - misinterpretation of the FAA rules. Although the rules are clear enough for the mother of the infant (with no apparent aviation background) to understand, the same could not be said for Delta and its employees. In fact, it appears that Delta had misstated the rule on its infant seat webpage and may have similarly misinformed its flight attendants and other employees. The webpage was corrected after this reporter contacted the FAA to ask whether it met federal requirements. A response to a request for comment from Delta Airlines has not yet been received but correcting its webpage is a step in the right direction.

According to Ms. Kinanne, the flight attendant told her she could not use her car seat because the label did not have an "e in a circle" on it. Delta's webpage - before it was corrected - indicated that in order to be legally allowed on board, an aircraft seat had to have an "e in a circle." In fact, that is not true for US-manufactured seats which are required to bear a label that contains the following statements: this child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, and this restraint system is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft. According to FAA spokesperson, Alison Duquette, in an email response to Forbes questioning Delta's website information, the "e" is "one way to tell if a [child restraint system] is approved...but not the only way. I think the way it is presented by Delta on their website is a bit confusing so we will talk to them about that to see if they can make it clearer." To the FAA's credit, it looks like it did just that and Delta corrected its website in response.

In my opinion, Delta's website was not only confusing but incorrect and was being interpreted by both its flight attendants and corporate employees contrary to federal law. At one point in a lengthy email exchange with the passenger, Delta's Corporate Customer Care specialist informed Ms. Kinnane that "the technology of car seats has changed...and with it our requirements for what constitutes a safe car seat on our flights. Our flight attendants were correct when they stated your car seat was not acceptable under Delta's policy and would not allow you to use it during your travels." In fact, the only thing that affects whether an airline is mandated to allow a particular car seat to be used on a flight is whether it is properly labeled for aircraft use (and is weight appropriate for the child). In this case, Ms. Kinnane's car seat bore the appropriate label and Delta's insistence on an "e in a circle" was contrary to federal requirements.

So, while Delta informed Ms. Kinnane that it was refunding her the price of her son's ticket, Ms. Kinnane remains unsatisified. And rightly so. Her son was not allowed to fly safely during the most critical phases of flight - landing and taking off. These are her questions and I believe Delta owes her and all its passengers with young children an answer.

What training improvements are being made so this particular issue does not occur again?
What steps are being taken to ensure your passenger's safety on future flight?
When will the policy be corrected online and subsequently updated in all on board manuals?
In the meanwhile, stay tuned. I will be following up with the FAA to see what enforcement and other actions the agency takes on both the American and Delta incidents.


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TSA agent arrested after taking taxi to LaGuardia Airport without paying: officials

Arthur Pichardo, 27, took a taxi to the airport on Tuesday afternoon. He told the driver he would return to pay the $23.33 fare and walked into the airport. But he never returned, officials said. He was charged with theft of service.

The TSA agent told the taxi driver he would return to pay the fare. Then he walked into Terminal C (pictured) at LaGuardia Airport in Queens and did not come back.
A TSA agent who tried to get a free ride got arrested instead, authorities said.

Arthur Pichardo, 27, took a taxi to LaGuardia Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Port Authority officials said.

Pichardo then told the driver he would return to pay the $23.33 fare and walked into Terminal C, where he works, according to the Port Authority. After about 30 minutes, the driver's patience wore thin, and he went inside to find Pichardo.

A baggage handler pointed out the Transportation Security Administration agent to the driver, Port Authority officials said.

Port Authority police arrested the uniformed TSA agent at the screening point, charging him with theft of service.


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Can India regain Category I aviation safety rating from FAA?

Minister of state for civil aviation answers MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar but evades the question on fixing of responsibility for the downgrade

The Indian Government is working towards regaining the country's top aviation safety rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FAA, the American aviation regulator has cut India's safety rating to Category II from Category I causing embarassment for the country as well as for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). India had enjoyed the Category I rating since 1997 and the downgrade to Category II, the first for the country, places it in same category as Zimbabwe and Indonesia.

Replying to a question asked by independent member of Parliament (MP) Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha, GM Siddeshwara, minister of state for civil aviation, said, the FAA downgraded India's aviation safety to Category II in January this year and his ministry is working hard to regain the earlier rating.

The FAA conducts audits of safety standards and processes in the aviation sector for different countries that fly airlines into the US. In other words, carriers from countries downgraded to Category II are barred from expanding operations in the US.

"The FAA on 31 January 2014 informed DGCA that India has been assigned Category II from Category I, which India had been holding since 1997. The Category II was assigned primarily due to the finding related to lack of sufficient number of regular Flight Operations Inspectors (FOIs) resulting in DGCA's inability to have effective safety oversight," the Minister said, pointing to the reason for the downgrade.

The minister, however, evaded the question on fixing of responsibility for the downgrade and did not specify who had been held responsible for the same.

Mr Chandrasekhar had asked the Government to detail the steps it had taken to address this downgrade and mitigate the security risk that this downgrade implies. In response the minister said, "The DGCA has taken immediate steps to address the open findings of Federal Aviation Administration audit and post December 2013 visit of FAA, the DGCA has completed actions on six out of seven open findings. To address the remaining one open finding, 75 posts of Chief Flight Operations Inspector, Dy. Chief Flight Operations Inspector, Senior Flight Operations Inspector and Flight Operations Inspector have been created, against which, 35 FOIs have already been appointed."

In January, when the downgrade was first announced, Ajit Singh, the then Aviation Minister had also given a similar answer, pointing to 29 out of 31of the FAA's findings having been rectified. The question is, why couldn't the 7th open finding as noted by incumbent minister Siddeshwara, be rectified on an urgent basis too, the MP asked.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, the DGCA has sought a meeting with the FAA next month to appraise the US aviation regulator on steps taken by India and also to seek another audit about the grading.

The Category downgrade could severly affect any expansion plans of Indian airlines into new US routes or even on existing routes. Often, the FAA upgrade or downgrade acts as a cue for other air safety organistions to follow suit, even though this has not happened yet. With all but the issue of Flight Safety Inspectors sorted out, the DGCA is looking to seek a fresh audit from the FAA, to restore its Category I rating as before. This will not be possible before the recruitment of the required safety personnel is completed, and which has been pending since Februray.


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Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

The training room inside the control tower at O'Hare International Airport features screens that can be closed to show a simulated 360 degree view. (Tribune file photo / June 30, 2011)

More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

About 22,500 people without an aviation background initially applied. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates.

The hiring breakdown marks a major shift in FAA recruitment strategy, which is now geared toward trying to keep ahead of a wave of controller retirements while also attracting more minorities and women to the nation's largely white and male controller work force in airport towers and radar facilities, officials have said.

FAA officials defended the switch Wednesday, saying the process that includes a personality test-like biographical assessment helped the agency "select from a larger pool of qualified applicants than under past vacancy announcements" and reduced testing and training costs.

"The bio-data assessment served its intended purpose of screening a large pool of applicants into a smaller group of the best candidates," an FAA statement issued Wednesday said.

Controller applicants who are hired go through 17 weeks of training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and three years of on-the-job training to achieve full certification, the FAA said. The FAA is generally able to shave about five weeks off the training for graduates of the college program.

For almost the last 25 years, until the off-the-street hiring process was implemented in February, the FAA recruited controllers heavily from among military veterans possessing aviation experience and from the 36 FAA-approved college aviation programs across the U.S., the Tribune reported this spring.

Those two groups of candidates, who previously had the inside track to become air-traffic controllers, must now jump through the same hoops as candidates with no aviation background, and the first whittling of potential controller candidates centers on a controversial biographical assessment.

Under the revised program, the pass rate for the almost 6,000 aviation students and graduates was about 13 percent, the FAA said.

Critics of the FAA's new controller recruitment process said that rate - while three times higher than that of other applicants - was significantly reduced because of the biographical assessment, which weeded out many applicants before they had an opportunity to take the traditional air-traffic control tests that assess knowledge and aptitude for working in the fast-paced, high-tension world of directing planes.

Some aviation experts said the FAA's move to increase diversity in its controller work force by hiring candidates with no prior aviation experience could compromise flight safety and lead to a high wash-out rate among the new hires.

The FAA will need to replace about 10,000 controllers over the next decade. Many of the agency's roughly 15,000 controllers are approaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 or are otherwise becoming eligible to collect full pensions.

Members of Congress have sought assurances from the FAA that safety will not be impaired, and the lawmakers also blasted the FAA for a "lack of transparency" in the new controller hiring policy.

The biographical assessment consisted of 62 multiple-choice questions, many of which mirrored questions in a personality test. It included questions about how peers would describe the individual and the age at which the person started to earn money.

Some critics, including faculty of college controller training programs, said the online biographical assessment included no safeguards to ensure that the job applicant was actually the same person who took the assessment.

The FAA said it received more than 28,000 applications for 1,700 controller candidate vacancies, including about 22,500 applications from the general public, of which 837 passed and were offered jobs.

Applicants with controller training in college programs "did very well,'' FAA spokeswoman Kristie Greco said, pointing to the 754 jobs offered to air-traffic control students and graduates.

About 65 percent of the new class of controller candidates has "some combination of (collegiate controller training), military or some specific aviation-related work history or experience,'' Greco said.


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Airbus A350XWB: On board the world's newest passenger jet

Airbus says its new A350XWB passenger plane will burn 25% less fuel than existing similar size jets. 

(CNN) -- Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience.
Powered by two hulking Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, you'd expect to hear more than just a low whirring noise when tearing down the runway.

Airbus looks to improve profitability Sneak peek into the plane of the future COO John Leahy discusses Airbus' future

But when leaving the ground and heading into the clear blue skies of a Hong Kong morning, there was little else to hear on the newest addition to commercial aviation.
Compounding the hush was the unique nature of the flight.

Most of the select few passengers on board flight AIB 206 to Singapore were from the plane's manufacturer; part of a dedicated team undertaking the final tests to make sure the aircraft is certified to enter service in December with its first customer, Qatar Airways.

The flight was part of Airbus's A350XWB "route proving" trip, something akin to a world tour where existing and potential customers can take a look at the goods first hand, while the engineers continue to test and tinker.

Named MSN005, the aircraft that flew across the South China Sea, the Malaysian peninsula and Sumatra, is one of only two of the fleet of five test planes kitted out with a full cabin, so the flight was a good indication of what's in store for millions of passengers in the coming years.
Seating four abreast in the 42-seat business class sections, nine abreast in the two economy cabins, this is the future of long-haul travel as presented by the European plane maker.

Gleaming cabin
It's a competitor to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and new iterations of the 777 and Airbus hope it'll take up a sizeable chunk of the world's expanding fleet of twin-aisle aircraft.

At first glance, the gleaming cabin looks simply like a lovely new plane, but dotted throughout are features that Airbus hopes will set it apart from the competition and impress passengers and airlines alike.

"With fiber optics we've integrated the cables for the in-flight entertainment system, moved the control boxes to a panel under the seat and flooring and been able to make the floor flat," says Roland Naudy, the Aircraft Interiors Marketing Manager.

That could be sweet relief for those who found themselves with an in-flight entertainment box stopping them from stretching out their feet.

Seat-back displays in economy are 10.6 inches (26.9 centimeters), which Airbus say will either be powered by Thales or Panasonic, depending on each airline's preference. Tablets and smart phones can be plugged in and powered from the seat backs, something that's becoming a new standard.
The LED lighting onboard has a mind-boggling 16.7 million possible color permutations, which not even a 16-hour intercontinental trip could cycle through, while the cabin is pressurized to a height equivalent of 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) instead of a more standard 8,000 feet, which it is claimed reduces the effect of jet lag.

I'm a fan of beautiful things and that is a thing of beauty.

Henry Craig, Cathay Pacific pilot

While the plane is touted as being extra wide-bodied (hence the XWB), the height of the cabin without central overhead bins is striking (although that might only be an option for first and business class).
For those that favor a window seat on flights, but find the curve of the sidewall cramps their sleep, the new plane has one of the flattest in the business, so cricked necks might also be a thing of the past.
Another little touch is that the bathroom light that comes on and then dims when the door is opened.

Extreme temperature tests
For the most part the plane looks ready to come into service tomorrow, but throughout there are hundreds of sensors relaying information to a flight test station set up in the middle of the rear economy cabin.

Two test engineers spent the flight poring over the data, gathering up to 120,000 parameters. Everything, from temperature at certain points in the cabin to the fuel flow, could be relayed live back to Airbus HQ in France.

Further route-proving flights to Africa and Australasia are scheduled, and while the flight-worthiness tests have been ongoing for more than a year -- including extreme temperature tests in the Arctic, stalls, and aborted takeoffs at full speed -- fitting out the interior to clients tastes is a long process too.

"We expect that be around 10 months," said Didier Nasarre, head of customer program.
In fact, he said, it's been closer to 20 months for the first customer as everything needed to be done more or less from scratch.

From the height of counters in the galley to the type of carpet, every detail is examined and evaluated by airlines, said Nasarre.

The plane is made of 53% composite materials helping its fuel efficiency.
The A350's swooped back winglets could make it as recognizable a sight at airports around the world as the crenelated engine covers of the Dreamliner.

"Basically if a plane looks good, it flies well," said Henry Craig, a pilot for Cathay Pacific, as he peered out the window at the curvy wing-tips.

"I'm a fan of beautiful things and that is a thing of beauty."
The A350 will come in three sizes, the A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000, offering between 276 and 369 seats. As of July there were 742 orders from 38 airlines.



WomenVenture celebrates power of women in aviation

The Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture held its second annual WomenVenture Power Lunch Wednesday afternoon to recognize women in aviation. Leo Costello, Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Hundreds of female pilots from around the world gathered Wednesday at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Theater in the Woods to celebrate the successes of women in the largely male-dominated world of aviation.

Women in Aviation International's second annual WomenVenture Power Lunch at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture was an opportunity to recognize women in aviation and to hear inspiring words from professional women in aviation.

"It is such a magical opportunity for us as women to come out here and celebrate our passion and love of adventure and flight together," Amelia Rose Earhart, who recently recreated and completed the famous 1937 flight around the world of her namesake, told the audience.

Hundreds of female pilots from around the world gathered at AirVenture's Theater in the Woods to hear inspiring words from professional women in aviation.

Debbie Travis King was this year's WomenVenture keynote speaker. She is the only woman since 1943 authorized to fly a Boeing B-29 Superfortress.

Travis King said her passion for aviation came from her grandfathers, who both served in World War II; her father, who taught her to believe in herself, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots who flew in World War II.

The WASPSs were pioneers for female aviation, yet hardly received any credit, Travis King said.

A few former WASPs attended the Power Lunch. When introduced, they received a standing ovation.

As a female pilot, Travis King said she has received a lot of negative attention.

"That's a lot of aircraft for a little girl like you," a man once told her.

She said she likes thinking about that statement whenever she sits in the cockpit of a B-29.

"Aviation is an arena built by the alpha male, populated primarily by the alpha male, and if you want to show up, be seen, and be taken seriously, you have to prepare yourself," she said.

Travis King let the audience know that they do not have to sacrifice their femininity to compete successfully for aviation jobs. She said it's not about becoming more like a man, but finding a balance.

"You can still be lovely, and be a bad-ass at the same time," she said.

The WomenVenture Power Lunch gave an opportunity for sponsoring organizations to announce a couple scholarship winners.

University of Minnesota junior Anna Burneske, 20, received the $3,000 Karen Johnson scholarship from The Ninety-Nines, an organization for the advancement of female pilots. Burneske hopes to fly military helicopters for the Air Force, Ninety-Nines president Martha Phillips said.

High school senior Adisen Fenrich from Winneconne received a $500 scholarship from Women in Aviation International, which provides more than 90 scholarships a year, amounting to more than $500,000. Fenrich said she would like to be a pilot for a commercial airline.

"I think [the scholarship] will help assist me in staying current once I get my license," Fenrich said.

Leo Costello: (920) 426-6681 or lcostello@thenorthwestern.com.



Embry-Riddle Debuts Free Online Aviation Class

With the education of students about aviation as one of the goals at EAA AirVenture 2014, which is being held this week in Oshkosh, Wis., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University chose the venue to announced the launch of its free online Aviation 101 course aimed at introducing high school and middle school students to the aviation industry.

The class consists of 12 high-definition video lessons that cover topics such as aircraft systems, aerodynamics, flight instruments, airports, airspace, air traffic control, aeromedical factors and aviation weather. Students who complete the program could receive one hour of course credit at the school's Daytona Beach, Fla., or Prescott, Ariz. campuses.

"Aviation 101 is a great example of what Embry-Riddle can offer to students who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation," said Ken Byrnes, the university's Daytona Beach campus flight department chair. It's professionally delivered, high-quality education that ensures that each student becomes a knowledgeable, safety conscious aviator."






A Celebration of Pilots Helping Get the Job Done Safely & Securely

August 4-7, 2014 | Washington Hilton  Washington, DC


AGENDA AT A GLANCE - Visit http://safetyforum.alpa.org for full agendas




General Session-ALPA Air Safety Organization Update (Open to all ALPA Members Only)



ALPA ASO Group Workshops & Council Meetings - (invitation only)



Jumpseat Forum (invitation only)



Aviation Security Forum (invitation only)





ALPA ASO Group Workshops & Council Meetings - (invitation only)



Joint Aviation/Security Forum - (invitation only)





Opening Ceremony



        Captain Lee Moak - President, Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l

        General Edward Bolton - Assistant Administrator, NextGen, Federal Aviation




Panel: Surviving a Main Deck Lithium Battery Fire: New Technological Solutions



Panel: Smoke In the Cockpit-Where Seconds Matter



Keynote Luncheon-100 Years of Commercial Aviation



Mr. Paul Rinaldi - President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association



Panel: Responding To the Emergency - Using All the Tools



Panel: Landing A Distressed Airliner-What's Waiting at the Airport?



Presentation of the ALPA Airport Safety Liaison and ALPA Airport Awards



Closing Remarks



Hospitality Reception (Sponsored by Boeing)





Panel - Current Security Threats and Countermeasures



Panel: A Discussion With Key Regulators



Presentation of the ALPA Presidential Citation Awards



Panel: Pilot Health & Occupational Safety



Panel: Modernizing Our National Airspace System: The Flight Path, The Potholes and the Promise



Closing Ceremony



     Astronaut Garrett Reisman-Commercial Crew Program Manager, SpaceX 





Awards Reception (Sponsored by Airbus)



Awards Dinner



Post Awards Reception



Contact Tina Long at tina.long@alpa.org for more information or click here to download the sponsorship brochure.


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