Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) president Joe DePete has called on US congressional leaders and President Donald Trump to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, saying the standoff “is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.” In a Jan. 3 letter, the new ALPA chief warned that there are currently fewer safety inspectors than needed to ensure the air traffic control (ATC) infrastructure is operating at peak ...

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