ALPA Hosting 2018 Air Safety Forum

The 64th ASF, a four-day event featuring sessions on cargo hold fire risks posed by lithium batteries in passengers' portable electronic devices, pilot wellness, and dealing with disruptive passengers, wraps up Aug. 2 in Washington, D.C.

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is hosting its 64th Air Safety Forum this week in Washington, D.C. With the final two days open to the public, it will wrap up Aug. 2.

The event includes keynote talks by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a Blackhawk helicopter pilot who was deployed to Iraq prior to being elected to Congress; Howard Elliott, administrator of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; and Dan Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Session topics include the current state of knowledge about cargo hold fire risks posed by lithium batteries in passengers' portable electronic devices, and how regulatory, policy, and operational steps are being taken to mitigate the hazards; medical issues affecting pilots, with speakers from the FAA, Transport Canada, and ALPA; Pilot Assistance, which is ALPA's holistic approach to pilot wellness; and dealing with disruptive passengers.

An awards reception and banquet will take place Aug. 2, with ALPA presenting its Superior Airmanship, Safety, Security, Pilot Assistance, and Jumpseat Awards.

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