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ALPA Addresses Pilot Supply at 2016 NTAS
At the 2016 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) held this week, Capt. Paul Ryder, ALPA's national resource coordinator, presented the facts about the sufficient number of qualified airline pilot candidates who are available to fly for airlines that offer the right career opportunity. He also shared with the more than 80 conference attendees ALPA's perspective about the change needed to ensure that qualified candidates are in strong supply in the future.

Held in Daytona Beach, Fla., NTAS is an annual event hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to bring together stakeholders who have interest in furthering efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training in a formal training, education, and academy environment. The 2016 Pilot Supply & Demand Summit was held in conjunction with NTAS.

Future Demand Shows the Need to Act Now
Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technical Outlook forecasts that the world's aviation industry will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots between now and 2034.

The solution to encouraging more individuals to become airline pilots lies in industry, government, and labor engaging to create economically strong airlines that can provide stable career growth. Read more.

No Excuses: Keep U.S. Airline Pilot Qualifications Strong
A credible analysis of the data contradicts any claim that a pilot shortage is causing airlines to stop serving smaller communities and discredits calls by some airlines to weaken pilot qualification and training rules that make air transportation safer for passengers and air cargo shippers.

"Claims that a pilot shortage is behind any changes in rural community air service are easily dismissed when you look at the facts of what's actually happening at smaller airports," said Capt. Paul Ryder, ALPA's national resource coordinator, in an Air Line Pilot story about the fact sheets. "Airlines make decisions about where they fly based on what's best for their bottom line—namely how many passengers will buy tickets and how much they're willing to pay." Get the facts.

Rallying for the Cause to #DenyNAI
Air Line Pilot, June/July 2016, page 18
As ALPA awaits the final decision from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on whether it will grant Norwegian Air International's (NAI) foreign air carrier permit to fly to the United States, the call demanding that the White House and the DOT honor their commitments and stand up for American workers continues to amass a groundswell of supporters. Read more about what's at stake.

Pilot Training and Automation
The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation (OIG) released a report earlier this year affirming the importance of pilot training. Throughout our more than eight decade history, ALPA has maintained that a well-trained flightcrew is the single most important safety asset on any flight. We are pleased that this recent report affirms the importance of this issue to the airline industry. Read more.

Final Rule from FAA - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations
This action creates new certification and qualification requirements for pilots in air carrier operations. As a result of this action, a second in command (first officer) in domestic, flag, and supplemental operations must now hold an airline transport pilot certificate and an airplane type rating for the aircraft to be flown. An airline transport pilot certificate requires that a pilot be 23 years of age and have 1,500 hours total time as a pilot. Pilots with fewer than 1,500 flight hours may qualify for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot certificate beginning at 21 years of age if they are a military-trained pilot, have a bachelor's degree with an aviation major, or have an associate's degree with an aviation major. Read more.




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