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.”