American Airlines Union Disputes New Procedures
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American Airlines is implementing new cockpit procedures to streamline pilot operations across their fleet, but all is not well at the carrier. According to the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents about 15,000 pilots for American Airlines, the pilots have not received the training or time required to learn all the new procedures.
American Airlines should have given pilots proper training, whether in-person or online, for the type of streamlining operations they had planned. Instead, the carrier simply gave pilots a handout alongside some updates to the operating manual.
These materials made up about 100 pages and were accompanied by a short video, which Captain Dennis Tajer said was not even relevant to the changes in procedure for American Airlines aircraft. Captain Tajer is a spokesman for the APA.
A statement by the APA said that, "American Airlines Flight Operations management is attempting to circumvent robust safety-related pilot training by unilaterally imposing operational changes via bulletin.”
The primary concern here is safety. Pilots should not be required to learn new procedures on the go as they transport passengers across the country.
The union and American Airlines disagree whether proper protocols were followed in implementing the new procedures. According to Captain Tajer, the FAA has been contacted to resolve the dispute.