Washington, D.C. (November 20, 2018) – The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is pleased to announce the election of Captains Larry Rooney and Bob Brown to serve as CAPA President and Vice President.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Captain Larry Rooney as our new CAPA President and Captain Bob Brown as our new CAPA Vice President”, said the CAPA Board of Directors. “Both Captain Rooney and Captain Brown are aviation industry experts and bring a wealth of practical experience as we further our mission on behalf of our 30,000 professional pilot members”, they added.

Captain Larry Rooney comes to CAPA from the Allied Pilots Association (APA) with more than 33 years as a line Captain for American Airlines (AA). A veteran of the airline industry he brings an extensive background in Aviation Safety, Training, Security and Domestic and International Flight Operations.

An Airline Transport rated pilot and current Airbus Check Airman for American Airlines, he has logged over 18,000 flight hours and is type rated on the Airbus 319, 320, 321 as well as the Boeing 737, 757 and 767. Captain Rooney has served as a designated representative on various Aviation Rulemaking Committees including the Air Carrier Training ARC, Passenger Hazardous Materials Notification ARC, Harmonized FAA/ICAO Loss of Control Avoidance and Recovery ARC, and the FAA Management Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a Human Factors Instructor for his Airline’s Initial and Recurrent AQP training programs.

With a proven ability to bring operational background and technical insight to issues concerning flight training and systemic safety., Captain Rooney has been sought out to provide technical expertise on aviation related issues and participated in TLC’s production of “Brace for Impact” the Chesley B. Sullenberger story as well as being a featured character for his pilot advocacy work in Clint Eastwood’s film “Sully”. In addition, he received published recognition for his investigative contributions in the NY Times best seller “Highest Duty”.

“I look forward to this latest opportunity to provide legislative advocacy for the pilots we collectively serve on issues involving Safety, Security, Regulation and Pilot Qualifications,” said Captain Rooney.

Captain Bob Brown comes to CAPA from the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) with more than 28 years as a pilot for United Parcel Service (UPS). He is an Airline Transport rated pilot and is a current Boeing 757/767 Captain with experience in both Domestic and International operations. He has spent the last 20 years directly involved in advancing aviation safety. He has also served as Safety Chairman, Director of Airline Safety & Training and IPA Executive Board Vice President. Captain Brown has also participated on the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Committee (ASIAS), the High Energy Fire Training Enhancements (HEFTE) working group and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) working group addressing smoke, fire and fume events on aircraft.

His most recent role as Chairman of the IPA Safety Task Force has led to collaboratively developing a third-party validation process for transporting batteries on aircraft. This process mitigates transportation risks and identifies counterfeit products. These efforts have led to speaking opportunities in the U.S, Canada, Europe, China and Japan. He has also conducted briefings for House and Senate Staff and members of Congress on this safety initiative. “I look forward to serving the CAPA membership to advance all the issues important to our profession,” said Captain Brown.

For more information, please visit: https://www.capapilots.org/about-capa/our-team/

Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is a trade association which represents over 30,000 professional airline pilots at airlines including American Airlines, UPS, Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, ABX Air, Horizon Air, Cape Air, Miami Air, Omni Air, Silver Airways, Southern Air and Republic Airlines.