Pilot consortium lauds AIRR Act

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), and Allied Pilots Association (APA) are in support of HR 2997: The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which will expedite the overdue modernization of the national airspace system, the association said.

The consortium of independent pilot labor advocates views this landmark legislation introduced by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-NJ, as a definitive step in the right direction — one that makes progressive updates to sustain and enhance all sectors of a thriving domestic industry.

Among other vital improvements, the Shuster measure would privatize Air Traffic Control (ATC), providing a stable funding stream and access to advanced technologies that support the world´s most dynamic and challenging airspace system.

Separately, the bill calls for the creation of an FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee to revise flight duty and rest guidelines for Part 135 carriers based on scientific study and similar regulations for commercial airline pilots. The current duty and rest guidance for on-demand operators was last updated in the late 1950s.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union´s website is AlliedPilots.org. American Airlines is the world´s largest passenger airline.

Established in 2008 as an independent labor advocate, NJASAP represents the professional interests of the 2,700-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc.

Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots´ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,500 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety.