Letter from the Publisher


Dear readers,

This month we finally announce the winners for our 2023 photo contest! Congratulations to Jon B. for capturing his gorgeous shot of a Twin Otter at sunset near the Grand Canyon. (See our cover!) Of course, hearty congratulations to all our runners-up and a huge thank you to all who participated! We know that the fabulous views we enjoy is among the many perks our jobs bring.

Over the last month we have seen a lot going on between the airlines and pilot unions coming to agreements on expired contracts. It seems to me that a strike vote is what turns the tables. WestJet pilots were set to strike at 3 a.m. EDT on May 19 and at 1:12 a.m. that very morning, ALPA sent us news that WestJet’s pilot leaders had approved an agreement in principle (AIP). Later that day, Allied Pilots Association (APA) and American Airlines reached a tentative agreement coming after a May 3 vote of 99% in favor of striking. On May 18, FedEx pilots authorized to strike with a 97% yes vote with 99% of its pilots voting. Late Tuesday evening, May 30, FedEx pilots reached a tentative agreement with their company. Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) started their strike vote on May 1 and closed the voting early because 98% of their participating pilots had locked in with a 99% vote to authorize a strike. As of May 31, there is no AIP for SWAPA. Stay tuned. 

In our Grid section this month, we compare APA’s AIP with Delta’s 2023 contract that was approved by Delta pilots on March 1. We encourage you to use The Grid to create your own comparisons at https://aerocrewnews.com/acn-grid/.

Fly Safe,

Craig Pieper  

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Craig Pieper is the Publisher and Founder of Aero Crew News. Craig is responsible for the content, website design and organization of the material and people producing the material for the magazine. Craig obtained his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science, along with a minor in Aviation Weather, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001. Craig is also a First Officer for a major airline with a type rating in the Boeing 737 & Embraer 145 and has logged over 8,000 hours of flying time since his introductory flight on November 14th, 1992. Please feel free to reach out to Craig and maybe your email will make it in the next issue under the "Letter To The Publisher" section of Aero Crew News.


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