PASS Changes Its Name

WASHINGTON, D.C The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) employees, voted to change its name to Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO. Among other things, PASS members install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems. PASS members are comprised of the following professions:


FAA - Flight Standards (FS)/Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO)

- Aviation Safety Inspectors

- Manufacturing Inspectors

- Aviation Safety Technicians

- Clerical and Administrative Support

- Paralegal Specialists

- Legal Instrument Examiners

- Legal Assistants

FAA - Office of Aviation Standards (AVN)

- Pilots

- Flight Procedures Development Specialists

- Flight Inspection Mission Specialists

- Schedulers

- Dispatchers

- Flight Inspection Aircraft Maintenance

- Program and Administrative Support

FAA - Air Traffic Organization

- Airway Transportation Specialists

- Clerical and Administrative Support

- Program Management

- Logistics Management

- Safety and Occupational Health Management

- Environmental Protection Specialists

- Computer Specialists/Computer Operators

- Engineering Technicians

- Electronics Technicians

- Telecommunications Specialists


- Systems Specialists

“In recognition of the vast workforces represented by PASS, our members voted overwhelmingly for this change to emphasize their role in aviation safety. The men and women represented by PASS are instrumental in ensuring the safety of the flying public and the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System. This change truly highlights the critical part these employees play in keeping the system safe,” said PASS President Tom Brantley.

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