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US Airways Pilot Drop Participation In Safety Program

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The US Airline Pilots Association said Monday it “has allowed the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program to expire.”

That’s the voluntary program among employees, an airline and the Federal Aviation Administration to let employees report safety problems or violations and not get punished, assuming they weren’t too negligent.

American Airlines pilots let their ASAP program lapse in October over disagreements about changes the union wanted to make and changes that American management wanted to make to the program.

Two years ago, Delta Air Line pilots also let their ASAP program expire.

The US Airways union did not give details, but it appears from its press release that US Airways management wanted to put more limits on when a pilot could get immunity when self-reporting a problem or incident.

However, the airline said Monday it sought no changes and wanted to retain the ASAP program as it has been operating.

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