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Airline Division News, Week Ending June 6, 2015

UAL Resource Utilization Arbitration Testimony Concludes

On Thursday June 4th the RUL arbitration continued in Newark at the Airport Hilton. The Company presented its evidence and testimony as the IBT had previously rested pending any rebuttal. After the Company rested there was one very brief rebuttal witness from the Union. The arbitrator then declared the record closed and it was determined that closing arguments would be submitted in the form of briefs. The day's testimony and rebuttal took about five hours. Legal counsel for both sides will now wait for the transcripts from this last day of testimony before beginning the process of writing the briefs. This part of the process is anticipated to conclude in July. At that time the Arbitrator, leading the tripartite panel, will craft a decision. Once a decision is rendered it will be released in the same fashion as both of the medical arbitrations.

FAA Directs Inspectors to pursue crewmembers for cockpit videos, photos.

Pilots have seen them everywhere. Videos shot in the cockpit during flight or operational phases where attention should be directed to operational duties. Many of these videos have found their way to social media sites.

The FAA has seen this as well and taken notice. Inspectors are being instructed to watch for videos and where able to identify the crewmember, pursue violations that may be depicted in that photo or video. Even that photo of the pretty cloud at FL 350 may seem totally legal, unless your carrier’s operating manual allows use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during flight operations.  ASAP may not help if this is determined to be an intentional disregard for safety by your carriers ERC. There is no statute of limitations when it comes to FAA enforcement of violations and once in the social media world, a picture or video is there forever. 

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Governmental and Regulatory

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Thursday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Peter Neffenger to lead the Transportation Security Administration. Neffenger's nomination will be considered by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 10.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

The International Air Transport Association reported that demand for air travel increased 5.9% in April. Carrier capacity increased 6.1%, while load factors decreased by a tenth of a point to 79.4%, according to the report.

Delta has reached a provisional agreement on a contract with negotiators from its pilots union. The agreement comes months before the deadline.

Lyle Hogg is the new president of American Airlines subsidiary Piedmont, according to a recent announcement from the airline. He will report to CEO Steve Farrow, who plans to retire in 2016.