Flying the Line
Episode 5 - Dodging Bullets—Crew Complement, Politics and the Wien Strike, Part 1

Episode 5 - Dodging Bullets—Crew Complement, Politics and the Wien Strike, Part 1

November 23, 2022

We examine the administrative change from regional to executive vice president and how that changed the political landscape of the Air Line Pilots Association. 

Episode 4 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 2

Episode 4 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 2

November 2, 2022

In this episode, we examine ALPA’s administrative change from regional vice presidents to executive vice presidents. That changed the political landscape, including those pilots plotting O’Donnell’s fall.

Episode 3 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 1

Episode 3 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 1

October 5, 2022

In this episode, we look at the legacy of ALPA President J.J. O’Donnell, the effects of the skyjacking phenomenon, and an impending suspension of service.

Episode 2 - The Legacy of Four Golden Decades

Episode 2 - The Legacy of Four Golden Decades

September 21, 2022

The deregulation of the airline industry makes an indelible mark on the modern profession, as politics and economics become a part of an airline pilot’s daily routine.

 

Episode 1 - The World of the Airline Pilot

Episode 1 - The World of the Airline Pilot

August 31, 2022

In the span of one lifetime, commercial aviation has made progress that would shame the wildest flights of science fiction fancy. And yet, the basic process of flight, of readying both pilot and airplane, is eerily similar. Join us as we examined the challenges of airline flying, the evolving industry landscape, and the perception of the airline pilot in the public psyche, in our new podcast, Flying the Line, Vol. 2!

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.

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