Flying the Line
Chapter 25 - The Rise of J.J. O’Donnell

Chapter 25 - The Rise of J.J. O’Donnell

December 10, 2021

ALPA’s fight against skyjacking is taken to the next level, as an unorthodox tactic is deployed to raise public awareness in the wake of continued violence.

Chapter 24 (Part 2) - ”Skyjacking”

Chapter 24 (Part 2) - ”Skyjacking”

December 10, 2021

A surge of skyjackings tears through the industry. Armed with experience, ALPA mobilizes to halt the advancing threat despite significant pushback. 

Chapter 24 (Part 1) - ”Skyjacking”

Chapter 24 (Part 1) - ”Skyjacking”

December 10, 2021

The pilots of Eastern Airlines strike and ALPA is forced to walk a fine line with management. 

Chapter 23 (Part 2) - ”Jets and Thin Ice”

Chapter 23 (Part 2) - ”Jets and Thin Ice”

December 10, 2021

The transition of pilots and airlines to the jet age becomes a major trouble spot for all, and the rising tensions result in some pilots taking matters into their own hands with an unauthorized strike.

Chapter 23 (Part 1) - “Jets and Thin Ice”

Chapter 23 (Part 1) - “Jets and Thin Ice”

August 16, 2021

As ALPA enters the jet age, technological improvements open the door to progress. But much like every major leap in technological progress before, the transition to jets isn't without problems or controversy.

Chapter 22 (Part 2) - “American Airlines Goes It Alone”

Chapter 22 (Part 2) - “American Airlines Goes It Alone”

August 9, 2021

The dissidents of American Airlines mount their challenge, and decide on their future, with or without ALPA.

Chapter 22 (Part 1) - “American Airlines Goes It Alone”

Chapter 22 (Part 1) - “American Airlines Goes It Alone”

August 9, 2021

The pilots of American Airlines decide to chart their own future after the issue of crew complement returns to the forefront, and dissident leaders seize their chance to break away. 

Chapter 21 - “The Origins of the American Airlines Split”

Chapter 21 - “The Origins of the American Airlines Split”

July 15, 2021

ALPA's during its early years was a remarkable story of unification across company lines. There were cracks lying under the surface, but unity kept any schisms at bay. But as time went by, the old spirit of shoulder-to-shoulder solidarity among ALPA's pilots began to erode. The new generation of pilots coming up were complacent about ALPA and the importance of unity, which would lead to the largest split that ALPA has experienced in its history.

Chapter 20 (Part 2) - “Charley Ruby’s Hour”

Chapter 20 (Part 2) - “Charley Ruby’s Hour”

May 17, 2021

The unique experiences of Charles Ruby’s life and career made him an unlikely choice for the Association’s president. But his due to the circumstances surrounding the departures of his predecessors, and the place ALPA was in at the time of his election, it could only have been Charley Ruby.

Chapter 20 (Part 1) -”Charley Ruby’s Hour”

Chapter 20 (Part 1) -”Charley Ruby’s Hour”

May 17, 2021

The election of ALPA President Charles Ruby, a seemingly status quo leader, brings reform and new ideas to the Association – challenging what some members’ thoughts on what their union’s purpose should be.

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