Recount an exciting chapter in aviation history and the beginnings of the Air Line Pilots Association, the world’s largest pilot union and nongovernmental air safety organization, through an abridged retelling of the book by George E. Hopkins, ”Flying the Line.”
Volume 1 narrated by Corey Kuhn. Volume 2 narrated by Gina Leahy.
Episode 1 - The World of the Airline Pilot
In the span of one lifetime, commercial aviation has made progress that would shame the wildest flights of science fiction fancy. And yet, the basic process of flight, of readying both pilot and airplane, is eerily similar. Join us as we examined the challenges of airline flying, the evolving industry landscape, and the perception of the airline pilot in the public psyche, in our new podcast, Flying the Line, Vol. 2!
Episode 2 - The Legacy of Four Golden Decades
The deregulation of the airline industry makes an indelible mark on the modern profession, as politics and economics become a part of an airline pilot’s daily routine.
Episode 3 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 1
In this episode, we look at the legacy of ALPA President J.J. O’Donnell, the effects of the skyjacking phenomenon, and an impending suspension of service.
Episode 4 - The Trials of J.J. O’Donnell - Part 2
We examine the 1981 suspension of service, codenamed “Operation USA.”
Episode 5 - Dodging Bullets—Crew Complement, Politics and the Wien Strike, Part 1
We examine the administrative change from regional to executive vice president and how that changed the political landscape of the Air Line Pilots Association.
Episode 6 - Dodging Bullets—Crew Complement, Politics, and the Wien Strike, Part 2
We explore the history of the crew compliment issue.
Flying the line II.
Any plans for the second book?
Every airline pilot needs to know our history.
Fly the Line is a must read for all pilots. If you don’t know history you are bound to repeat it. So many sacrificed so much for us to get were we are today, don’t let their hard work go to waste.
History Repeating Itself
Very interesting. It’s amazing how history repeats itself in the airline industry and the problems of the first generation of pilots are almost still the same today