The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) begins its 2012 Air Safety Forum in Washington D.C. Wednesday. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole delivered opening remarks, along with ALPA President Captain Lee Moak.
In his remarks, Administrator Pistole said that individuals in the U.S. who’ve been radicalized on the web and who’ve acquired the knowledge and skills to build an explosive device is a major security challenge for the intel community.
The first discussion on Wednesday morning focused on the rulemaking process and safety standards. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Associate Administrator, Margaret Gilligan, and industry officials participated in the discussion. The panelists agreed that, during the rulemaking stage, it’s crucial for all stakeholders to communicate and collaborate with each other.
Panel discussions on critical safety issues at airports and health issues for airline pilots followed.
The forum brings industry experts together to discuss challenges in aviation safety, security, and human performance, and actions needed to achieve the highest possible standards for air transportation in North America.
ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing more than 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada.