Flying the Line
Chapter 9 (Part 1)-”The Rise and Fall of the TWA Pilots’ Association”

Chapter 9 (Part 1)-”The Rise and Fall of the TWA Pilots’ Association”

February 10, 2020

Learn what chain of events led to the rise of one of the first airline-sponsored pilots' associations, the TWA Pilots' Association. Associations such as these often led to the system being rigged against the very pilots that these associations were supposedly set up to protect. In the early days of commercial aviation, accidents were far too often blamed on “pilot error," and these associations were often complicit in scapegoating the pilots for accidents.

Chapter 8 (Part 2)-”Flying for a Rogue Airline”

Chapter 8 (Part 2)-”Flying for a Rogue Airline”

December 20, 2019

Long and Harmon were essentially running a rogue airline that was refusing to abide by Decision 83, which was the National Labor Board edict that required pilots to be paid a certain amount for flying. Facing a hostile, anti-union environment, the pilots of Long & Harmon decided to fight back against their management's flagrant disregard of Decision 83. This fight set the precedent for pilot pay provisions that would eventually be cemented in future legislation.

Chapter 8 (Part 1)-”Flying for a Rogue Airline”

Chapter 8 (Part 1)-”Flying for a Rogue Airline”

October 2, 2019

ALPA's first president, Dave Behncke was determined to make sure that all airline pilots would be treated equally with the respect they deserved. But airline management would fight hard to create a tiered system of pay. Learn how Behncke and ALPA leveraged the precedent set by Decision 83 to set up the pilot pay system airline pilots enjoy today, and how this issue galvanized all airline pilots to "think collectively and work collectively."

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 5 (Part 2)-”The Livermore Affair”

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

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 5 (Part 1)-”The Livermore Affair”

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

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 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.

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