Council 7 Block 4 Message - 8/22/18
Council 7 Block 4 Message - 8/22/18


August 22, 2018
Fellow Block 4 Pilots,
Upcoming Elections for Local Council 7
The council conducted the nomination process for election to Blocks 1, 4, and 8 for the three-year term that begins March 1, 2019. The electronic election ballot will open August 24 at 10 a.m. ET and close on September 10 at 10 a.m. ET. I can foresee your question; the answer is “Yes.” Although you are a member of Block 4, you also vote for a member in Blocks 1 and 8. Get to know the candidates by reaching out to them and reading their campaign letters. There will be two candidates for each position listed on the ballot, as well an option for write-in. To cast a write-in vote, you will need to enter your candidate’s ALPA member number.

Following the representative election, there will be another electronic ballot to choose which of the three representatives will serve as chairman, vice chairman, and secretary-treasurer. Please vote!
Single-Pilot Research for Cargo

From the U.S. House version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill:
(a) PROGRAM.—The FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, shall establish a research and development program in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
(b) REVIEW.—The FAA, in consultation with NASA, shall conduct a review of FAA research and development activities in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
(c) REPORT.—Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall transmit a report to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate that describes—

(1) the program established under subsection (a); and
(2) the results of the review conducted under subsection (b).

This is a direct affront to our profession and our CBA. This stands against all ALPA has strived for in mitigating risks and undermines efforts to maintain safe skies for all. Two pilots in the cockpit is essential! This bill is open-ended, provides no guidelines, and allows the FAA, NASA, and “other relevant agencies” to do whatever they see fit. Management has stated openly that they are interested in remotely piloted vehicles (read and watch from the 4:57 mark).
Please participate in ALPA's Call to Action on this issue, and ask your friends and family to participate, too. This will take a minute of your time, and filling out the form gets you to your representatives in Washington for your district and state—no campaign mailings. We urge you stay involved on this topic, which ultimately could affect our Scope provisions found in our CBA.
The theme of this letter has been involvement. I ask you to stay engaged in your profession. We all juggle family, flying, check rides, and the everyday hustle and bustle of life. I get it! When you are done with a trip, the last thing you want to do is fill out an FSR, Fatigue Report, or an Insite report. But, this is what management is counting on—they see the lack of reports as “everything is fine.” But you know it isn’t! How many times have you been revised? How many times have you conducted A.M. hub turns throughout the week to be followed by a deadhead that gives you less than eight hours in the bed. I’m asking you to get your post-trip rest, and when rested, please write that report because you know it’s not fine. When done, please take a screenshot and forward it to us at Just because it’s legal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe!
Dave Arrington
Block 4 Representative