PASS Statement on Extension of FAA Authorization

Extension Does Not Include Language on ATC Privatization

Today, Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents over 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, released the following statement in response to the agreement to extend FAA authorization through September 2017:

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PASS Member Charles Murray Honored

Last week, Charles Murray, an aviation safety inspector and member of Chapter NV3, was presented with a double honor. He received a plaque in recognition of his 50 years of Public Service to Aviation and was awarded the Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. In order to receive the award, Murray had to be recommended by three individuals. One individual who submitted a recommendation was Steve Steinhoff, a member of Chapter CA3 and fellow aviation safety inspector, who was proud to do the honor.

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The Importance of Safety Training

Identifying the need for safety training is never a wasted effort, and can often lead to a greater focus on safety in other aspects of the job. A perfect example is what took place over the past several months in California.

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PASS Regional Vice President Celebrates Groundbreaking of New CLT Tower

Today, Dave Spero, regional vice president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents over 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 370-foot-tall air traffic control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Spero was joined by Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), and other agency and airport representatives and officials.

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Wellness Center Added to Chicago Center (ZAU)

Approximately a month ago, PASS members and all employees at the Chicago Center (ZAU) working to keep the National Airspace System (NAS) safe every day excitedly welcomed the addition of a wellness center to their facility.

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PASS Member Is a Part of Drone History

In late April, the first authorized commercial drone flight took off in downtown Cleveland. The drone pilot chosen for this groundbreaking venture? None other than PASS Chapter OH3 member of approximately 20 years, Thom Beller.

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