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Atlanta WSB-AM Coverage

Date: 11/14/2013 3:00 PM

The attached audio coverage is from Atlanta's WSB-AM 750.

UPS Pilots Support the Boxer – Cantwell "Safe Skies Act"

Release Date: 11/13/2013 10:20:48 AM

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2013 – The Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) fully supports the "Safe Skies Act" introduced today by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

 "Senator Boxer has shown continuing leadership by once again introducing legislation to ensure that the FAA’s flight duty and rest requirements equally apply to all-cargo carriers," said IPA President, Captain Robert Travis.  "Her unwavering commitment will end the cargo carve out and bring Part 117 back in line with Congress’s original intent, one level of safety for U.S. aviation."

Capt. Sullenburger and Jim Hall on Fatigue

WSJ and CBS News pieces on pilot fatigue and "cargo carveout".
Release Date: 10/7/2013 6:24:11 PM

The following Op Ed appeared in the wall street journal
WSJ Article

The following video appeared on CBS
CBS Video

UPS/IPA Joint Statement on Flight 1354

A UPS cargo plane was involved in an accident in Birmingham, Alabama.
Release Date: 8/14/2013 6:24:11 PM

A UPS cargo plane was involved in an accident in Birmingham, Alabama.

UPS has been notified that two of our crewmembers lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354 at approximately 6 a.m. EDT today in Birmingham, Ala. However, UPS cannot disclose their names pending confirmation from the local coroner’s office.

The two pilots were flying an Airbus A300-600F from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham when it was involved in an accident at Birmingham International Airport.

"All of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these two crewmembers," said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "Our efforts now are primarily focused on helping the families.”

The UPS Family Assistance Team already has reached out to support the crewmembers’ families during this difficult time, Davis said.

“We place utmost importance on the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve,” Davis said. “UPS is participating in the investigation.” The NTSB has taken the lead on the investigation and will release all information on its progress.

“The news from Birmingham is tragic,” said the president of the Independent Pilots Association, Captain Robert Travis. “UPS and the Independent Pilots Association lost two pilots who were dear friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families. IPA is working in full coordination and cooperation with UPS, the NTSB and local authorities.”

Aircraft Incident, August 14th, 2013

UPS Flight 1354 from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL
Release Date: 8/14/2013 12:11:33 PM

At 6:11 a.m. EST, UPS Flight 1354 from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, an A300 with two crewmembers, was involved in an accident on approach into the Birmingham airport. At this time, we have not confirmed the status of our pilots.

“This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols.

“We place the utmost value on the safety of our employees, our customers and the public. We will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, and we will work exhaustively on response efforts,” continued Nichols.

UPS will release more facts about this accident as they become available, but the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will be the primary source of information going forward. 

To keep you informed of developments, UPS has established a media information hotline: (502) 329-0110.  A recorded message will provide updates as this situation unfolds; the system will also allow reporters to leave messages. 

Updates will also be provided via the Internet at

Family members seeking information should telephone 800-631-0604

Independent Pilots Association Joins International Transport Workers’ Federation: UPS Pilots Expand Global Labor Ties

The Independent Pilots Association (“IPA”) the US-based labor union representing 2600 UPS airline pilots has gained membership in the International Transport Workers’ Federation (“ITF,”) a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers.

“This is an important development in IPA’s history,” said Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association. “ITF membership gives us instant access to unions representing UPS workers around the globe. The IPA’s acceptance into the organization is well timed given our ongoing contract negotiations with UPS.”

“IPA is strong union and a natural fit for the ITF,” said Ingo Marowsky ITF Global Head – Supply Chain and Logistics. “We welcome IPA pilots as members of our global solidarity network.”

Founded in 1896, the ITF is an alliance of more than 700 transportation trade unions spread over 150 countries, representing more than 4.5 million workers. In addition to having a robust Aviation division, the ITF has focused resources in developing a department related to research and analysis of supply chain and logistics companies such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, and DPD/GeoPost.

“There is no way to overstate the value of this new relationship. With the resources of the ITF, we will have access to every major union contract covering UPS employees and UPS vendors worldwide as well as direct access to their leadership. This information flow and these personal connections can and will strengthen the IPA’s ability to represent the interests of our members,” Travis added.

ITF is an accredited organization holding representational status with international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the International Labor Organization.

“ITF membership will provide us with formal ties to these important international bodies that directly impact our careers,” said Travis.

The ITF has 21 United States member unions including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the National Air Traffic Controllers’ Association, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and the Transportation Workers’ Union. The ITF is headquartered in London with regional offices on the continent of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia.


For more details please contact
IPA (Louisville, Kentucky). Brian Gaudet, IPA director of public affairs. Tel: (301) 957-4323. Email:
ITF (London, England). Sam Dawson, ITF press and editorial manager. Tel: +44 (0)20 7940 9260. Email: