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    American Airlines Announces FAA Reinstatement of Pilots' Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)

    FORT WORTH, Texas, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines today announced the reinstatement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) for American's pilots.

    American and the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the union representing all AA pilots, reached an agreement in March that was approved by the FAA and became effective on May 29, reinstating the pilots' program that had lapsed last fall after 14 years.

    ASAP is a safety partnership organized by American, the union, and the FAA, designed to encourage employees to voluntarily report safety-related information. The reports help identify potential precursors to serious safety incidents.

    "We're pleased to have this very important program back in place for our pilots," said Peggy Sterling, American's Vice President - Safety, Security & Environmental. "ASAP is an essential element of our overall safety program."

    The information gathered in the ASAP reports will be analyzed jointly by an American representative, a representative from the union, and the FAA in order to develop and implement effective solutions to possible safety concerns. Addressing prospective safety concerns is essential to reducing future accidents and incidents.

    The program is designed for employees to report safety-related issues through a non-punitive reporting process. Participation in ASAP is voluntary and confidential. A "sole source report" (an event that has been reported by the employee only) that has been accepted into the program will not be used to initiate or support any FAA or company disciplinary action, nor will the event be the basis for any FAA or company disciplinary action. The programs allow mechanics and pilots to report an event or incident that may otherwise go unreported.

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