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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., is once again recognizing the value of ALPA's Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Club—a student-led professional development group whereby ALPA pilots mentor aspiring aviators and prepare them to join the ranks of our profession. Last year, this club became the first of its kind to be presented an award for the positive impact its programs have had on students and the campus community. This year, in another first, the university is encouraging all aviation students to join ALPA's ACE Club and exempting club members from having to take a required professional development class.

Finding and Keeping the Best and Brightest in the Cockpit
ALPA has a vested interest in growing competitive airlines that attract the best and brightest pilots. Read more.

Captain Canoll Applauds Congressional Bipartisan Letter on Middle East Airline Subsidies
"These actions undermine our Open Skies policy and the principles of fair and equal competition." Read more.

Pilots' Vital Voice in Airline Operations
"The traditional employer-employee relationship that exists in the North American airline industry works and wins for everyone who flies or ships by air. The success of the corporation is the success of the workers—the link is direct. Because of it, airline pilots have a straightforward and vital voice in their airlines' operations." Read more.

ALPA Urges FAA to Enhance Proposed Rules for Safe UAS Operations
In comments submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in April 2015, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) outlined several key areas of recent proposed rules for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that should be enhanced to maintain the safety of the national airspace system (NAS). Read more.

It's a Pilot Pay Shortage
The so-called "pilot shortage" is actually a pilot PAY shortage. Get the facts on why some airlines aren't finding enough pilots to hire.

Future demand shows the need to act now
Boeing's 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released in July 2014, projects that between 2014 and 2033, the world's air transportation system will require 533,000 new airline pilots. Pilot demand is up approximately 7 percent compared to 2013.

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.

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.

Women in Aviation

ALPA Members Connect at 2015 Women In Aviation

Hundreds of ALPA members navigated uncommonly icy weather to gather in Dallas, Tex., March 5–7, 2015, for the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. This conference brought together women and men from all facets of the industry—pilots, airlines, aspiring aviators, government regulators, military personnel, engineers, universities, and others. Under the conference theme of "connect, engage, inspire," participants took advantage of educational sessions and social networking opportunities to learn new strategies, share experiences, and support each other on their career path and life journey.

Showcasing a new booth garnering rave reviews, volunteers from ALPA's Education and Membership committees and staff spoke with countless members, industry professionals, and aspiring aviators about our union, its resources, and its efforts to safeguard and enhance the piloting profession. Highlights from the conference included meet and greets with airline employment representatives (many of which were ALPA member carriers), an Exhibit Hall with more than 120 booths, and over $600,000 in scholarships that included two Boeing and two Airbus type ratings. Numerous ALPA members distinguished themselves from a pool of very strong candidates to win some of the coveted scholarships donated by sponsor companies, Women in Aviation, Int'l, and other supportive organizations. Congratulations to all!

View more photos from this year's event and mark your calendar—next year's conference is scheduled for March 10–12, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.


Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men

Women are making great strides regarding gender equality and equal pay in the workplace. But there are many high-paying, fast-growing fields that young women still may not be aware of as exciting career options. In the book, Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men, it shares 22 nontraditional careers for women, including pilots.

Two female ALPA pilots provided interviews inside the book.

UAL First Officer Nathalie Hacken (formerly with ASA) states, "It is a great career for the independent, driven woman. It requires patience, drive, and determination. If you enjoy challenges, traveling, and working with many different people in an always fluid and changing environment, then you would enjoy this line of work." 

"My job is always changing--the weather, my routes, the passengers. Every day is different," said First Officer Annmarie Savitiski (DAL).


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