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About the Safety Committee

The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) Safety Committee works directly with their counterparts in the Spirit Airlines Safety Department. Our mission is to monitor all aspects of safety within the airline's daily operations, and ensure the safety and well being of our members and other work groups. The Safety Committee is comprised of several sub-groups, all working on various aspects of operational safety. Each group performs root-cause analysis and risk assessment within their specific focus area, and determines if changes are needed. The method of continuous improvement keeps the safety culture at the forefront and mitigates those hazards which have been identified and analyzed.


The basic structure of the committee is as follows:


Committee Chairman/Vice-chairman oversee the ALPA Safety Committee and sub-groups.


Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and Event Review Committee (ERC): Review ASAP reports and provide guidance or corrective measures on both individual incidents and systemic issues that are identified within each report.


Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA): The FOQA team (FMT) works in conjunction with the Spirit Safety Department FOQA Analyst looking at aggregate data and trending information regarding how our aircraft are being flown in day to day operations. The FMT additionally makes recommendations to the Spirit Flight Operations or Training Department on which procedures to change that will yield better or desired results


Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) and Fatigue Management Committee (FMC): The committee reviews all reports from flight crew members who either removed themselves due to fatigue concerns, or other external influences which attributed to pilot fatigue. The FMC  determines the causal factors on why fatigue occurred, and provides guidance on changes  necessary to mitigate future events


Accident Investigation: The team works directly with Spirit Airlines and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to identify and determine contributing factors for any aircraft incident or aircraft accident investigations.


The Spirit MEC Accident Investigation Committee is part of the MEC Safety Committee and is primarily made up of two full time members, the Chief Accident Investigator and the Assistant Chief Accident Investigator. Individual Safety Committee members who have also received the ALPA accident investigation training may assist in any open accidents or incidents occurring at the airline, depending on the size of the investigation.


The Accident Investigation Committee requests to be party to and assist with accidents or incidents being investigated by the NTSB.


If you are involved in an accident or incident, once the passengers, crew, and aircraft are safe and secure, please reference the ALPA 'Orange Card', calling the phone number listed and follow the guidance printed on the card.


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ALPA Emergency Accident/Incident Hotline


Safety Alerts
Safety Alert: Event Notifications - Monday, December 07, 2020

We recently had several Notice of Investigations (NOIs) issued to crew members for not reporting certain events in a timely manner. This is attributed to a number of factors, so please take a moment to review the following alert

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