On Saturday, April 19, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and American Airlines announced they have agreed to extend the Aviation Safety Action Program, or ASAP, but talks will continue concerning pilots who report safety problems.
According to the APA’s Web site, the union petitioned the
FAA for an extension of the ASAP memorandum of understanding since discussions
for a new agreement are ongoing. The FAA granted the extension.
According to Terry Maxon, an airline business
blogger for theDallas Morning News, the “union wanted
additional [protections] for pilots who report safety problems, but American
wasn’t willing then to grant those protections.”