Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO

  • 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.
  • PASS Has a Seat at the Table
    PASS Has a Seat at the Table PASS serves as a voice for members on Capitol Hill and in legislative offices throughout the country.
  • PASS Members Have Influence
    PASS Members Have Influence PASS members serve as liaisons or subject matter experts on a variety of FAA projects, representing the worker perspective.
  • Aviation Safety is Our Priority
    Aviation Safety is 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.

Prolific Flyer – Chapter NG3 Member Bob Berlyn – Retires From the FAA

Bob Berlyn, Chapter NG3, joined the FAA, Boston Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) in 2008, as a general aviation safety inspector. About a year later, he was promoted to a principal operations inspector. He has served as a general aviation ops inspector at the Boston FSDO for his entire career with the FAA. During that time, he has been the FSDO’s go-to air show person, On-The-Job (OJT) instructor, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) point of contact (POC) and tail wheel expert.

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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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