AMPA - Airplane Manufacturing Pilots Association

A bargaining unit of SPEEA - IFPTE Local 2001

Who are the pilots of AMPA?

The Airplane Manufacturing Pilots Association (AMPA) are full time Boeing Instructor Pilots, Technical Pilots, Safety Pilots, and Simulator Pilots rated on all current Boeing models. We work closely with Boeing customers all over the world to ensure a smooth Entry Into Service (EIS) for their new Boeing airplane or fleet. Over a year prior to delivery we are interacting with the customer to determine their flight training and regulatory requirements.  We deliver new airplanes, accomplish pilot base training (touch-and-goes), and remain embedded with airlines for months after initial delivery. We operate their airplanes, within their route structure, training their pilots on line operations (line assist). Our Technical Pilots write the procedures, manuals, checklists, and bulletins used every day by pilots all over the world.  The Safety pilots in our unit are accident investigators who also conduct safety reviews and operational support visits to airlines worldwide.

The AMPA pilots take pride in the professional training and support they provide to customers of The Boeing Company and are proud of the quality Boeing airplanes they deliver. We understand that quality, professional training and support is paramount to flight safety and the reputation of The Boeing Company. As long as Boeing is manufacturing airplanes, our customers will expect the highest quality instruction and service, and the pilots of AMPA will be there to provide it.

Current News

How many contractors does it take to run Boeing?
Or, Why shouldn’t Boeing be the gold standard of flight training?

By Tom McCarty, SPEEA President

I wish these were rhetorical questions but unfortunately – they are not. I have been sitting in on the negotiations between our SPEEA-Airplane Manufacturing Pilots Association (AMPA) pilots and The Boeing Company. I think this is one of the most complex negotiations SPEEA has ever undertaken. I am asking for your patience while I explain what is going on. These negotiations are important to all of us, but they are critical to the simulator instructor pilots who are losing their jobs. Soon many, if not all, of the pilots SPEEA represents may be gone.

This is the first negotiation with Boeing since AMPA joined SPEEA. To make it more complicated, this is the first contract negotiation for the simulator instructor pilots and safety, standards and technical pilots who voted to become SPEEA-represented last year. Now the final twist, Boeing has announced that all the full-motion simulators will move from the Longacres facility in Renton to Miami. The simulator instructor pilots currently working at Longacres will not be offered jobs as simulator instructors at the Miami facility. This means the current round of negotiations is for both a new contract and “effects bargaining.” This effects bargaining is negotiations with Boeing to mitigate the effects of job loss due to the relocation of the flight simulators to Miami. If your question is: Won’t one finish before the other is started, the answer is yes, or maybe, but I’m not sure which one.


History of Flight Crew Training

Any discussion of The Boeing Company's Flight Crew Training (FCT) organization should begin in 1958, with the introduction and delivery of the first Boeing 707's to commercial airline customers like Pan American. During these early days of commercial jet operations, pilots and flight engineers who worked for Boeing's flight-test organization conducted crew training for Boeing airline customers.

Boeing 707

A Boeing flight test pilot like Harley Beard and a flight test flight engineer like Jim Mathison would be assigned to conduct some "crew training" as part of the delivery sequence for a particular customer. Example, as part of the flight test sequence during the airline customer acceptance of a new B-707, the Boeing test pilot and flight engineer would impart instruction to the customer airline acceptance crew as to how the airplane should be operated. The airline's pilot(s) and flight engineer(s) would be allowed the opportunity to fly the airplane and make some instrument approaches and landings, most likely at Boeing Field in Seattle. Note: the Grant County--Moses Lake airport was still the Strategic Air Command's Larson AFB in those days and generally not available for civilian test and training flights.


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