FedEx Capt. John Kohne Receives ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Award

Oxford, Miss. Pilot Honored for Outstanding Leadership in Pilot Assistance Programs
May 9, 2013 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) recognized FedEx Express Capt. John Kohne with its annual Pilot Assistance Award for his many years of exemplary service in building and maintaining pilot assistance programs at his airline and many other ALPA pilot groups. The award was presented Wednesday at ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Forum in Dulles, Va.



Capt. Murray Munro Receives ALPA’s Presidential Citation

Calgary Pilot Recognized for Compassionate Support of Pilots and Families
May 9, 2013 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) recognized Jazz Air Capt. Murray Munro with a Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts to assist pilots and their families in times of crisis. The award was presented Wednesday at ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Conference in Dulles, Va.


More than 160 pilot assistance volunteers from around the world joined government officials, airline managers, and medical professionals at the ALPA Conference Center in Herndon, Va., today for the opening of ALPA’s annual Pilot Assistance Forum. With attendees from as far away as Germany, South Africa, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, the three-day meeting features presentations, discussions, and training in the Association’s five PA disciplines: Aeromedical, Critical Incident Response, Professional Standards, HIMS and Canadian Pilot Assistance.

Welcoming the group, ALPA President Lee Moak said the theme of the forum, “ALPA: By Your Side,” is particularly apt for PA volunteers. “Pilot assistance is always going to be by your side, 24/7, 365 days of the year—ready, willing, and able to help pilots in times of need,” Moak said.

On day one of the conference, attendees were briefed on how ALPA’s Aeromedical Office assists pilots in keeping or getting back their flight status, and received an overview of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Disaster Assistance Program. They also listened to a presentation on grief counseling and heard a first-person account of the 1988 Aloha Flight 243 accident, where a Boeing 737 lost a major section of the top of its fuselage in flight. The surviving crew’s emotional trauma following the accident was the genesis of ALPA’s current Pilot Assistance efforts. The PA Forum runs through Thursday in Herndon.

See photos from day one of the Pilot Assistance Forum

ALPA ended its 2013 Pilot Assistance Forum today after three days of in-depth discussions on issues ranging from sleep apnea to helping pilots make a smooth transition after an airline merger. The PA Forum gathers volunteers from five ALPA disciplines: Aeromedical, Critical Incident Response, HIMS, Professional Standards, and Canadian Pilot Assistance. Formerly included in the Association’s annual Air Safety Forum, the PA Forum was held as its own stand-alone conference for the first time in several years. Thanks in part to the change, attendance at this year’s forum was more than twice as large as past meetings, with almost 200 attendees representing ALPA pilot groups, government, airline management, aerospace medicine, and non-ALPA airlines from the United States and around the world.

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