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04-02-2010, 08:12 PM
Good news for once!

CAPA Update and "Thank You"
Washington, DC
April 2, 2010

On March 22nd the US Senate passed its version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill by a 93 to 0 vote. Senator Jim DeMint's (R-SC) S.3048 "Pilot's Professionalism Assurance Act" which would have allowed the use of Cockpit Voice Recorder data to be used for punitive action against pilots was NOT included as an amendment.

CAPA would like to thank each and every one of you who heeded the March 5 "Take Action" alert from CAPA and sent an email to your Senators expressing your displeasure with Senator DeMint's attempt to legislate pilot professionalism. Over 3,000 concerned pilots responded sending over 6,000 email letters to Senate offices voicing their opposition to Senator DeMint's legislation. This is an excellent example of why US commercial pilots need to have a presence and a voice in Washington, DC. Grass roots efforts such as this are powerful tools that allow the voice of the constituents to be heard by their representatives in Congress.

The House Rules Committee melded the text of the pilot training bill HR 3371 with the House-passed FAA Reauthorization Bill which will be conferenced with the Senate bill sometime after Congress returns from Easter recess. The House bill contains language which will make the FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license a minimum requirement for hire as a part 121 pilot. The Senate version has set a minimum of 800 hours as a requirement for hire in part 121 operations, however CAPA is working with Senate and House staffs to keep the ATP with its 1500 hour total as the final result.

CAPA would prefer that part 135 operations are also required to hire pilots with an ATP. In addition, CAPA objects to language that would expand access to pilots "other records pertaining to the individual's performance as a pilot that are maintained by the air carrier" which could hinder a pilot's ability to be hired at another air carrier.

CAPA will continue to work with Congressional members and staff prior to the conference event so as to mold the FAA Reauthorization as it pertains to the pilot profession in order to achieve the best outcome for all US commercial pilots in part 121 and 135 operations. CAPA will keep you all informed in case another "grass roots" effort is needed to properly inform Congress about the pilot profession and commercial aviation issues.

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations is a trade association which represents over 28,000 professional pilots at carriers including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, UPS, ABX Air, US Airways, Atlas Air Cargo, Kalitta Air, Polar Air Cargo, and NetJets.

04-03-2010, 09:08 AM
That's REALLY good news for a change ... it was an absolutely terrible idea. :D

2005 Blues
04-03-2010, 09:45 AM
Kinda surprising that only 3000 guys took the 30 seconds required to send the e-mails.

04-03-2010, 04:19 PM
Kinda surprising that only 3000 guys took the 30 seconds required to send the e-mails.

Agreed, this could have been easily blown off if only 2500 had responded. I think recent events nation wide has shown what sort of influence the average voter has. Sometimes I think we sell ourselves to short.

Attaboys to all who sent the e-mails.

04-03-2010, 11:15 PM
That number may be just those who sent the CAPA letter and not include the ALPA numbers.