Flying the Line
Chapter 1-”What’s a Pilot’s Worth?”

Chapter 1-”What’s a Pilot’s Worth?”

February 5, 2019

ALPA has a long history of accomplishments from organizing and bargaining to critical improvements in aviation safety and security . . . but how did it all start? Join us in retracing the fascinating and, at times, tragic journey of ALPA’s history in our new podcast, Flying the Line!

Flying the Line chronicles the time before labor protections, safe working environments, and employee benefits that we enjoy as commercial pilots today. It’s the story of Capt. Behncke and his 24 “Key Men” joining together to form ALPA, fighting their opponents every step of the way.

Chapter 2-”Stepping on Toes”

Chapter 2-”Stepping on Toes”

March 5, 2019

This week, hear about the 24 "key men" who saw themselves as good "company men" but were labeled as "troublemakers" by their airline management. ALPA's Key Men faced much opposition from both management and other line pilots, but persevered in their work for labor protections, safe working conditions, and benefits, all of which are enjoyed by ALPA members today.

Chapter 3-”Pilot Pushing”

Chapter 3-”Pilot Pushing”

March 27, 2019

This week, we’ll hear about how the deadly practice of “pilot pushing” played a huge role in Capt. David Behncke’s drive to organize his fellow brother pilots.

Chapter 4-”The Airmail Pilots’ Strike of 1919″

Chapter 4-”The Airmail Pilots’ Strike of 1919″

April 4, 2019

The Airmail Pilots' Strike of 1919 was one of the earliest organized actions taken by pilots. This 4-day strike led to concessions by Post Office management to eliminate the practice of "weather pushing" and to increase safety for airmail pilots. The roots of modern-day pilots' unions can be traced back to this important event in aviation history.

Chapter 5-”The Livermore Affair” (Part 1)

Chapter 5-”The Livermore Affair” (Part 1)

April 25, 2019

In 1937, a young widow by the name of Lorna Livermore helped ALPA shed light on the practice of “pilot pushing” with the public for the very first time when she sued Northwest Airlines alleging that “Pilot pushing” is what killed her husband, pilot Joe Livermore.

Chapter 5-”The Livermore Affair” (Part 2)

Chapter 5-”The Livermore Affair” (Part 2)

May 17, 2019

In this episode, we hear the conclusion of the Livermore Affair and learn how this tragedy set the groundwork for ALPA's critical role in setting high standards for aviation safety, eliminating the practice of "pilot pushing," and setting the bar for aviation safety for pilots, passengers, and cargo.

Chapter 6-”The Trouble with E.L. Cord” (Part 1)

Chapter 6-”The Trouble with E.L. Cord” (Part 1)

June 7, 2019

E.L. Cord was the owner of Century Air Lines, but more importantly, his name was the rallying cry for organizing pilots in the 1930s. The Century Air Lines Strike of 1932 gave ALPA its first opportunity to negotiate a labor dispute between its members and management. In this first part of Chapter 6, we'll learn how E.L. Cord's ambitious plot to turn a profit at the expense of his pilots led to the first strike in commercial aviation.

Chapter 6-”The Trouble with E.L. Cord” (Part 2)

Chapter 6-”The Trouble with E.L. Cord” (Part 2)

June 24, 2019

The Century Airlines Strike of 1932 was quite the spectacle during the early days of commercial aviation. Not only was it a pivotal event in the history of commercial aviation, but it was key to positioning ALPA as a major player in the labor movement as well as the aviation industry. Learn how missteps by E.L. Cord and smart maneuvering by ALPA founder Dave Behncke led to ALPA securing higher standards for airline pilots throughout the industry.

Chapter 7-”Perils in Washington” (Part 1)

Chapter 7-”Perils in Washington” (Part 1)

July 29, 2019

The early days of ALPA's presence in Washington were filled with political maneuvering spearheaded by ALPA's founder, Dave Behncke. Through ALPA's support of President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal, ALPA positioned itself into a formidable force in commercial aviation which allowed ALPA to advocate for the pilot compensation system which is still in use today.

Chapter 7-”Perils in Washington” (Part 2)

Chapter 7-”Perils in Washington” (Part 2)

August 30, 2019

Expert maneuvering by ALPA's first president, Capt. Dave Behncke helped propel ALPA from a small lobbying group to the most respected voice for airline pilots in Washington. Through ALPA's advocacy in the early days of the National Recovery Administration's "Code Hearings," ALPA was able to secure the foundation of the pilot compensation system in the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, which is still in use today.