Alaska Airlines Names Robert Spero System Chief Pilot

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Nov 15, 2005
Alaska Airlines has named Capt. Robert Spero system chief pilot. In the post, Spero is responsible for the safe operation of Alaska flights, including leading the airline's 1,500 line pilots and ensuring flight operations comply with Federal Air Regulations and company policies. He also works with other airline divisions to coordinate policies and procedures that affect aircraft operations.

Spero succeeds Capt. Paul Majer, who has returned to line flying for Alaska as an MD-80 captain.

"We're fortunate to have someone with Rob's talent and experience to lead our pilot group," said Kevin Finan, executive vice president of operations. "He has a strong commitment to flight safety and an intimate knowledge of the unique flying conditions Alaska pilots face every day."

Spero has more than 11,000 hours of flight time as a military and civilian pilot. He joined Alaska in 1987 as a second officer on Boeing 727 aircraft. Spero is currently a 737 captain, check airman, instructor pilot evaluator and airplane program designee. The latter gives him the authority to grant Federal Aviation Administration aircraft type ratings to pilots.

Starting his flying career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he earned his wings in 1980, Spero transferred to the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1988 and rose to the rank of captain. Still serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Spero has served as commanding officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VR-61 and deputy commander of the Navy's largest air wing, the Fleet Logistics Support Wing. A 1979 graduate of Santa Clara University, Spero lives in Kent, Wash., with his wife, Leslie.

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