IPA and Allies Lobby House and Senate in Support of the Safe Skies Act
The IPA Executive Board, other UPS pilots, and pilots representing SWAPA,
USAPA, APA, Teamsters Local 1224 (representing Atlas Air, Polar Air and
Evergreen), and NJASAP (NetJets pilots) met this morning for a pre-event
briefing and breakfast with the NTSB Chair at the Liaison hotel on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
IPA President, Captain Robert Travis introduced NTSB Chair Hersman
who spoke in support of the Safe Skies Act and encouraged the IPA and
other unions present to continue to work hard for its passage.
Following the Chair’s remarks, the group of 30 uniformed pilots
walked down to the U.S. Capitol for a group photo before breaking into
groups for meetings with target U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and
Armed with talking points and other background information, the
pilot teams conducted more than 50 meetings.
Following the official meetings, the IPA and ally pilots continued
their lobbying at a reception held for the pilots by the original
sponsor of the Safe Skies Act, Representative Chip Cravaack. Rep.
Cravaack, a commercial pilot himself, hosted the reception in the House
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Hearing Room. Cravaack also
delivered remarks to the pilots in attendance at this morning’s
pre-event briefing and breakfast with NTSB Chair Hersman.