Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO

  • Membership Has Its Benefits
    Membership Has Its Benefits PASS members have access to special benefits, including money saving discounts on travel, insurance and more.
  • PASS Members Have a Voice
    PASS Members Have a Voice PASS members have a voice in the workplace and only members can vote for local and national officers and on their contracts.
  • Aviation Safety Our Priority
    Aviation Safety Our Priority PASS represents federal employees at the FAA and the Department of Defense who keep our national air space safe for the flying public.
  • PASS Members Have Influence
    PASS Members Have Influence PASS members serve as subject matter experts and liaisons on FAA projects, directly influencing the agency and aviation safety.

PASS Statement on Election Results

Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO, the union that represents over 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), released this statement regarding the 2016 elections:

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FAA Union Warns of Staffing Issues at DCA

The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents over 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees including airway transportation systems specialists, is calling attention to a serious staffing issue at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The staffing levels of airway transportation systems specialists, who are responsible for ensuring the functionality of communications systems, computer systems, navigational aids and power systems vital to safe air travel and the mission of pilots and controllers, is at a critically low level at DCA, and has been so for some time.

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Voluntary Reporting Shines Light on Safety

The FAA’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs (VSRP) for Technical Operations and Air Traffic collaborated to tackle a problem with portable signal light guns used by tower controllers to signal pilots and ground personnel when radio communications are not available.

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This Just In On NextGen

The FAA recently shared this update with PASS regarding progress with the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). PASS has many Article 13 representatives and subject matter experts contributing to the FAA’s modernization efforts. For more information about these representatives and contact information, click here.

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Exploring the World of Aviation

“As long as I am able, I will always help to make a difference.” These words serve as a personal motto for Chapter IN3 member Bridget Turner. Much like Florida PASS members Anthony Finklea and Doug Lowe earlier this month, Turner helped organize and facilitate an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy summer program last week. Held in Indianapolis, Turner volunteered her time to participate in the ACE program, which is intended to have a positive impact on the lives of middle and high school aged students who have career aspirations in aerospace and aviation.

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PASS Safety Team Attends ASSE Conference

In late June, members of the PASS Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Safety Team held a national meeting in Atlanta, Ga., that coincided with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) conference and exposition. The ASSE conference is an annual event providing an opportunity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals to learn from recognized speakers, visit with vendors and informational booths, and connect with other safety professionals. The event in Atlanta was the ideal chance for the ATO Safety Team not only to meet and plan for the future, but also to learn important safety-related information and updates.

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